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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★½

    I hadn't seen this since I was a child. Honestly, it's not the kind of film I can see myself revisiting very much, though I can see why people love it (who doesn't need a little cinematic comfort food like this in our current era?). The storyline is extremely thin; the movie is at its most engaging when there's actual interpersonal conflict between the characters, but that vanishes for around half the runtime during the second act.

    Still, I guess…

  • Rampage

    Rampage

    ★★½

    Y'know, if the third act had been pretty much anything other than the typical urban destruction of every other tentpole release, this would have been great.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Some initial thoughts. Be warned: spoilers abound.

    I went into this movie blind. I'm not quite sure how, but I managed to avoid all trailers and information about it, aside from the actors' names.

    And you know what? It was worth it. The first act of this movie is pretty fantastic. It's got just enough of the original trilogy in its DNA (desert planet, dark Jedi villain, cute little droid) to feel like Star Wars while still feeling fresh at…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The best lines in the movie are "Shit!" and "None of this makes sense!" I wonder if Joss Whedon inserted those late into production when he realized what he had made.

    Age of Ultron is a fitting climax to Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's like all the other movies that have been released since the first Avengers film (with the exception of Captain America: Winter Soldier): it's loud, incoherent, all the interesting subtext is underdeveloped, and…