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  • Boy Erased

    Boy Erased

    ★★★½

    cc: Mike Pence

  • Museo

    Museo

    ★★★★½

    + Astounding cinematography. There is a shot in the museum involving reflections and smoke that literally took my breath away. Other inventive scenes: framing with the inside of a hand, that slow tracking shot with the fish tank, etc.

    + Flashy, snappy editing

    + Fantastic performance from Bernal

    + That ridiculous fight scene

    This is at once a dizzying heist movie but also a meditative road trip film. How Alonso Ruizpalacious pulled this off is a wonder to me.

    I…

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  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★

    Backed by an unsettling "Mass Effect"-esque score, "The Guest" is a terrifically pulpy action thriller that manages to effectively balance campy dialogue and adrenaline-rushing action scenes.

    Dan Stevens eschews much of his "Downton Abbey" charm for the character. His open, dreamy eyes have now become closed off, and mysteriously threatening. He is fantastic in this role -- when one of the characters asks him to explain himself, he replies succinctly: "I don't have any time to." Any guess as to…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★★½

    Guys, please remember that tea is at four.
    You don't have to knock.

    Although the focus of "The Hobbit" trilogy was wrongly placed on Thorin as oppose to Bilbo, I'd say it was still a moderate success -- at least in pure spectacle, if not in heart and sentiment.

    "The Lord of the Rings" films are some of my favorite of all-time. "The Hobbit" was just an excuse to spend some more time in Middle-Earth. Even if they're not perfect, I thank Peter Jackson for affording me that opportunity.