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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★½

    Four movies into this series that doesn't really need to be a series and it still feels like they haven't figured out the what or why of any of this, again course correcting and feeling like it wants you to forget about the other movies despite having a plot directly following up on the previous entry. Now it's all zippy one liners and forward momentum and neon lighting; aggressive fluff, really.

    The setup is all rather dire, with a flopsweat…

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★

    Even with its ungainly length (including a way too long setup) and penchant for under-utilizing the many, many pieces it puts out on the board, I was surprised at how consistently fun I thought Army of the Dead. On the other hand, it feels like Zack Snyder is pitching a soft ball for the first time in many years, perhaps trying to play nice with Hollywood after all the public drama, or maybe he just wanted to do something less…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    There's a special type of movie, I've never really come up with a term for it, that's a perfect balance of being entertaining for both genuine and ironic reasons. I love these movies, and that is why I love "Batman v Superman: Donna Justice," a movie that is stupid and awesome in equal measure.

    (As a quick note, I've only ever seen the 3-hour cut of this film. I'm not sure I'd call it coherent, but it does seem like…

  • Cruising

    Cruising

    ★★★★½

    Peak Friedkin, in that you think you're getting a genre movie and instead you get an art film.

    This may or may not be about a crisis of sexuality, but what it's really about is what happens when you take a mystery and remove a handful of crucial narrative details and insert a few other deliberately contradictory details. The narrative concludes, but the mystery lacks a solution.

    Instead of providing suspense and thrills, "Cruising" haunts the audience on an existential level.

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