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  • Fantastic Four

    Fantastic Four

    ½

    The Great Superhero Rewatch: In which I return to superhero movies I've seen before to see how time has treated them.

    Some movies, like a fine wine, improve with age. Some of them are a festering bundle of mold growing on the fruitcake nobody wanted for Christmas in the first place. Four years later on, this movie is still as dull and soulless as it was when it was new. The characters have no life or energy. There's nothing exiting…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★★★

    Superhero Rewatch Adjacent:

    Shazam has always been one of my favorite superheroes. It's such a pure, simple concept -- a child gets a magic word that transforms him into an adult superhero -- that I never thought Hollywood would take a chance on it.

    Not only was that chance taken, but Shazam! absolutely soars.

    Drawing heavily on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank revamp of the character from a few years ago, the movie takes all the most important parts of the…

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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★½

    NO SPOILERS: This isn't exactly your father's Spider-Man. He's still funny, and he's still smart. He's agile and energetic, and Tom Holland is clearly having fun in the role. But this is part of the MCU, so his motivations have been tweaked accordingly. Unlike Spider-Man in the previous movies or the earlier days of the comics, this is a kid who grew up in a world where Iron Man and the Avengers exist, and his attitudes reflect that. But he…

  • Michael Jackson's Halloween

    Michael Jackson's Halloween

    ★★

    Remember those Diet Coke ads where they used special effects to bring back a dead celebrity? This is the shitty Halloween special version of that.