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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    Back to standard Marvel quality. Was good, no real weaknesses except for the usual "the villain totally should have done X" quibbles.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★½

    Bits of quality banter here and there, but the whole thing felt bloated, and some of the comedy actually undercut the serious bits instead of standing in contrast. It's especially bad coming after Infinity War; if IW juggled its cast perfectly, this just kind of threw them in a box and shook it until plot fell out.

    As a finale to the MCU we knew, it's pretty poor.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★½

    Feels like an early Marvel film, ironically enough, and definitely should have shown up earlier in the canon. But it's competent enough; it's just going to be a bit dodgy this close to Endgame.

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★½

    Decent, if a bit heavy-handed. Being white and non-American, anything I might have to say about morals or themes is a bit pointless, so I'll just say that a couple of cinematic choices seemed a bit crude.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★½

    Not bad, but it's either a bit heavy-handed or I'm missing something that makes it more than what it seems.

  • Zama

    Zama

    ★★½

    The art and sound design are excellent, but the surreal mishaps of a perpetually clueless nobody get a little wearing after a while.

  • Border

    Border

    ★★★★

    A grotesque, fascinating film. If you can get past the deliberate ugliness of it, there's a surprisingly enjoyable movie underneath. I'm sure that's thematically appropriate.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★½

    An intense crisis-of-faith drama that takes a couple odd turns then drives straight off a cliff. Shame. But that first half is still strong enough to earn a 7 out of 10.

  • Arctic

    Arctic

    ★★★½

    Exactly what it says on the tin, but the contents are still tasty.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★½

    A look at a family living in the margins of a society that's usually depicted as very rigid. Ending was a little bit abrupt, and I'm not sure I'm on board with what it implies, but all the smaller family scenes were quite charming.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★½

    Intense and ridiculous; a very Nic Cage movie. Had kind of an eldritch vibe early on, but it ejected that in favour of stocking an entire deli with ham. Which is fine, just vaguely disappointing.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

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

    Follows a not-unpredictable arc, but the premise is interesting enough to start with, and the acting carries it through. Sometimes home can't just be one person.