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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    Unlike any film before, this has 20+ films before it to draw and tie material from and it takes full advantage of this as seen in every piece of humour and every piece of drama. It's a superhero film but the action is sporadic and in short bursts for much of the first half where it's more about humanism. That aspect about humanism and how precious and important life is takes the forefront compared to the action for three quarters…

  • Port of Shadows

    Port of Shadows

    ★★★★

    Zis Francais filme eez very overzealouse MAIS, en a gooood way. Eet does tings zat otheur films de 1930s do not avec its subtletey & lack oof over-sentimentalitey. La combination oof early noir with un petite romance works tres bien. Eet featoores la stronge performance from Jean Gabin as ze harsh but le sympathetique protagoniste. Port du Shadows eez emotional, suspensefool, tres quotable, et melancholique. Een comparison to eets 1930s colleagues, eet eez speciale.

    Help, I cannooot arretez talking like zis.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    An example of throwing everything at the sink and hoping it'll stick....some of it does quite well and in general, it's the visual side of the story that sticks as well as the acting of the Hamill-Ridley-Driver trio. Rey's character conveys a sense of determination and badass-ery that I never found in previous Star Wars characters though there's still no one with the charisma of an Obi-Wan, Oscar Isaac has the potential but gets weak lines. What doesn't stick for…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    Mischievously intriguing for a horror film and in my opinion, far more than a horror film because it's intrigue doesn't come from played-out tropes although the inherent and subtle creepiness does begin to loom more and more as the movie goes on. I don't consider Get Out to be particularly funny in terms of the comedy but the TSA friend played by LilRel Howery brings the laughs whenever he's on and those fragmented moments of fun for me were impressive…