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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★

  • War Dogs

    ★★★

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★★½

  • Enemy at the Gates

    ★★★

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★

    I vacillate between 4 and 4.5 stars for this movie. On one hand, it has some technical cliches that make for the occasional goofy moment. On the other hand, it is so iconic that it tends to transcend those through sheer willpower. Whatever you want to say about the rest of the franchise, this film, itself, is a landmark for the post-9/11 adventure film.

  • War Dogs

    War Dogs

    ★★★

    Even Kirkland Brand Scorsese is still tasty.

    Some legitimately funny moments, a great, creepy performance from Jonah Hill... wish it amounted to more, but it's not bad by any stretch.

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  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

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

    I was originally only going to write a small epigraph for this.. film.. but I decided that I needed to really put on the heavy-weight gloves here.

    Back in 2014, I made a list of directors who I saw as being rising stars. I had people like Jeff Nichols, Rian Johnson, and Shane Carruth on that list. I also had Colin Trevorrow, whose only previous credits of note were Safety Not Guaranteed and I Want To Fuck Your Mom (that's…

  • Sun Don't Shine

    Sun Don't Shine

    ★★★★★

    I’d be remiss if I did not begin this review by stating in a disclaimer that, being from Tampa, this movie struck a deep, unparalleled chord with me, the likes of which really only Loren Cass and The Florida Project have ever hit. Similarly, Amy Seimetz, the director, is both a dyed-in-the-wool Tampon, and also an FSU grad, like myself. So obviously, I’m going to be coming from a place of bias when I say that this film is a…