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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★★

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

    The BEST Spider-Man film of all time. Truly the best villain in the MCU to date, a scale that fit the stakes of where Peter was at developmentally in becoming a hero, killer performances from every character, and TOM HOLLAND.
    I cannot express the joy this film has brought ne every time I watch this charming and truly moving film. 
    Upon my 7the rewatch I can note the imperfections: the music (super Star Wars-y), Liz actually being a 30 year…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★

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

    You can’t go wrong with an incredible ensemble like the Guardians (and that does include Yondu and Nebula), a killer soundtrack, and cosmic-arcade-like action sequences with super well developed character arcs for our main guys (@Rocket and Peter) to boot. 
    But you can go wrong with an underdeveloped villain and general pacing of parallel plot lines (notably that not much happens on Ego’s planet until the very end, meanwhile Rocket and company are making serious moves).
    That said, the film…

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    Epic. So much groundwork has been laid up until this point to set up this EPIC showdown and this film alone masterfully sets up Black Panther and Spider Man, so they truly fit into the mix seamlessly.
    Also, this villain?! He should apply to Thanos’ summer internship and learn how to develop that tragic and emotionally intelligent evil pragmatism to cosmic levels. And thank goodness Hydra wasn’t popping another one of its heads up in this Cap film- been there,…

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★★

    Hillbilly Elegy is a fragmented and poorly paced and focused (relating to central characters not Maryse Alberti’s beautiful cinematography) film that offers some great moments (ie the meals on wheels scene) but mostly a lot of “Ehh” moments (ie flashbacks to events that took place minutes prior).
    This is a story about a man who grew up in a specific context. It’s not truly capturing a broader scope or culture.
    This wasn’t an elegy; “reflective” is not a word associated with this film.