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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★½

    Patty Jenkins obviously has as much nostalgic fondness for the Donner Superman films as I do and, assuming she rewatched them before making WW84, she likely realized they are both very, very good and very very bad. So I appreciate with this film that she set out to make what amounts to a mash up of - and an improvement on - the first two Superman films. And while she never quite reaches the highs of those earlier films (the…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★★½

    It was probably an inevitability that I would like best the least-loved of this series. And it’s easy enough to explain: this is - mostly - just a straight up war/mission movie that does a passably good job of reckoning with the psychological consequences of violent conflict and the abuse of power. 

    I was never able to buy into the world that Collins constructed, so I found the first three chapters pretty agonizing from a narrative perspective, leavened somewhat by…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    The first shot of Celine in the bookshop. The car ride when they nearly touch each other. The look on Celine's face as they walk up the stairs. Nina Simone.

    The whole f'ing thing.