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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

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

    "We are . . . Americans."

    It's 1986. Ronald Reagan is serving his second term as President of the United States. The Cold War is drawing to an unofficial close. Marketing for the charity fundraiser "Hands Across America" - ostensibly aimed towards fighting hunger and poverty - pop up on TV and even T-shirts.

    A fun-loving, yet somewhat reckless father takes his wife and young daughter to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for a night at the carnival. And because this…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★½

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

    It wasn't hard to notice that my IMAX showing for Captain Marvel was as packed as I've ever seen a Thursday night opening, meaning that by the time I'd bought my tickets the only decent seats left were the third row from the front. The nosebleeds, basically. A 28 x 58 sized screen, seated roughly 20 feet away, and 5 foot 5 me (I'm being a bit generous, mind you) slouching down and looking up the whole time - yeah,…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    What is it that we really want out of these DCEU movies?

    This was originally going to be a standard and straightforward Justice League review (fitting, for such a disappointingly standard and straightforward film), but instead I just kept coming back to that very open-ended question and how the answer, whatever that may be, may affect our perception of Zack Snyder's handling of the DCEU to this point - a tenure that, despite being set up as the main architect,…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    One part atmospheric, indulgent, and wonderfully slow burning tone-setter (shot in GLORIOUS 70mm SUPER CINEMASCOPE, as Quentin Tarantino's actual script isn't shy about hilariously reminding us), one part steady buildup of unbearable tension and stakes, one part masterful 'Whodunnit?' as the wheels start coming off, and one final frenzy of gore-filled, blood-splattered, unapologetic violence when the revelations start hitting and the multiple setups are finally paid off. In true fashion, Tarantino then brings it all home by reminding us exactly…