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  • Mechanic: Resurrection

    Mechanic: Resurrection

    ★★½

    Rarely has an action hero spent so little time wearing shoes without harping on the Die Hard reference.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse

    ★½

    Bloated, dull, narratively undisciplined, an unsightly CGI maelstrom; and yet, still far from the worst super hero movie released in the Year of Our Lord 2016.

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  • Pompeii

    Pompeii

    ★★★★★

    Before the excess of the Earth, of which all are intimately a part, we are made equal. There is a democracy of the terrestrial, and W.S. faces the catastrophic power that makes it so with great compassion and love. Pompeii is profoundly melancholic, but it defiantly refuses nihilistic despair. I was humbled by this film.

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★

    In spite of the grandiosity of its most iconic moments, Jurassic Park feels oddly small for a Spielberg adventure picture. There are plausibly many contributing factors to explain this, but first and foremost it most likely has to do with the constricting presence the two children have on the narrative. Of course, the 'lost' child and their relation to the absent or makeshift father is a consistent figure in Spielberg's films, to the point of being a well-worn cliché; but…