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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Maybe QT’s most easily accessible film, as it doesn’t play quite as heightened as his filmography, especially in the dialogue, and is a little more straightforward in its themes. However, some may be put off by its lack of a driving A-B-C plot, as scenes meander and wander, revealing and relishing character. Truly the DiCaprio/Pitt show here, and they are frankly perfect. If I could retroactively make Leo’s Oscar a win for this movie instead of The Revenant, well I would have already done so.

    I really loved it, and those last 30-45 minutes absolutely sing. 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

  • Men in Black: International

    Men in Black: International

    ★★½

    The worst MCU movie Marvel Studios never made…

    A spillover from that franchise’s complete reign at the box office, gone are the tactile environments, technology, and creatures of the original Men in Black trilogy, replaced with the glossy-slick tablets and holograms made generic by every other blockbuster. Even the hilariously bored, office bureaucracy of the previous films have been lost, as the MiB offices have become New Avengers Facility replicas. You can steal the MCU’s tone, aesthetic, actors, and even…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    Actress Ranking: Gal Gadot
    Comic Book Movies: Ranked
    Director Ranking: Zack Snyder
    Franchise Ranking: DC Extended Universe
    Yearly Ranking: 2016

    NOTE: This is a review of the Ultimate Edition.

    Admittedly, the theatrical cut is a game of narrative hop scotch. Leaping from A to C, we were too often left to fill the gaps on our own. Plots and subplots were thrown at us and just as quickly abandoned until a later, random time. Character moments fell flat and didn't…

  • Warcraft

    Warcraft

    ★★★★½

    Yearly Ranking: 2016

    I'm as stunned by my rating as you are.

    Vibrant, spectacular battles bathed in rich sunlight rather than grim darkness. Energy and passion to spare. A world so grand and thoroughly imagined it's nothing short of breathtaking.

    There's no denying the film throws you into the deep end of the deep end. Anyone not versed in general fantasy elements - or unable to to learn at a dizzying pace - will be lost in the story. Director…