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  • Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    ★★★

    A movie that strives to be better than it actually is. A concern w/ Netflix is a lack of development fails to take talented actors and writers out of TV movie territory. Still works cuz of Ali Wong, but when you remember it, you replay a better edited version in your head.

  • Speed

    Speed

    ★★★½

    This is a really clever hour-long action movie bookended by 2 lame 30-minute movies. That middle hour is very very clever tho. Haven't seen John Wick, but I can't imagine it would top this.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★

    This movie is much dumber than advertised. 
    This review from Kevin D. Williamson sums up the film’s plot-breaking logical flaws. Despite some good character work from Ben Foster, the script’s dramatic beats are hammy. Its Oscar nomination was an unexplained phenomenon.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    The gold standard for Hollywood spy action. Nothing else really holds up, especially not in its own franchise. Action in spy movies should garnish twisty plots and concealed motivations, not the other way around. The really exciting thing is always what characters know and when they know it. Also, this movie isn’t praised enough for killing half its cast in the first 30 minutes.