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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Haven't rewatched this in its entirety since the theater, though I'm always happy to watch bits and pieces on cable or YouTube. It's one of the most fun and weird MCU movies of them all, but it's also really overstuffed. Ideally, it would have been just Grandmaster/Sakaar, or just Hela/Asgard, without trying to squeeze both into the same movie. Waititi gets maximum value out of Jeff Goldblum, but Cate Blanchett feels shortchanged, even though she's fabulous in every minute she's…

  • Plan B

    Plan B

    "Plan B" made me very happy.

    I may do a second spoiler review later this weekend, but the short version is this: Natalie Morales, in one of two films the actor directed last year, absolutely nails the tricky tonal balance of a movie that's one part raunchy as hell (we're talking hard-R, two scenes in particular) teen party comedy, one part wise and sweet coming-of-age tale. Maybe it doesn't have quite as many explosive comic set pieces as a Superbad…

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  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    ★★★★½

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

    This remains easily the best film in the franchise, and arguably the only one that's great in its own right rather than "great for a Star Trek movie." And even then, I'm not sure how well it would play to a Trek newbie, since so much of its power and themes come from Kirk and Spock being older, and the ways that time has changed them both. Middle age is a nightmare for Kirk. His body is betraying him (the…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    Singin in the Rain has more things I could pick apart than most movies I would term “perfect,” but even the parts I might remove or just trim are technically incredible. The Broadway fantasy sequence with Cyd Charisse has no business being in the movie other than Gene Kelly wanting to do it, for instance, yet various organs leave my body each time I watch them move together, you know?

    The roughly ten-minute sequence that spans the beginning of “Good…