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  • Geostorm

    Geostorm

    ★★★

    *shrug*

    Maybe it's because I saw this after watching Skyscraper and The Meg, but it was nice to watch a dumb disaster movie in which the actors are actually competent and the script at least attempts to create meaningful character dynamics and relationships that evolve. Plus, you can get some pretty striking images out of the conceit of "insert incongruous weather event for this geographical location."

  • The Meg

    The Meg

    ★★½

    At times more fun than Skyscraper, but equally as disappointing in certain respects, if not moreso. Why does the globalization and corporate stranglehold on the film industry have to result in scripts that can't even bother to develop basic themes and ideas that are baked into the premise? Like, why even establish that your protagonist is a man dealing with his own inner monsters if you're not going to use the actual monster as an embodiment of them?

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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…