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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★★

    The only movie that comes close to Winter Soldier for me. Every time I revisit my rankings, they keep switching places at number one. I think that while Winter Soldier is the best solo movie overall with great interconnection and ramifications for the shared universe, this is the ONLY piece of media in the whole goddamn MCU that fully delivers on the promise of meaningful continuity. Even if Endgame blows me away, I'm completely confident that it will not approach…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★

    AKA: The Creative Committee Strikes Back

    This movie came out during a very dark period of my life, so excuse me for taking its disappointment a little personally. It's muddled and messy, sure, but mostly it's just too fucking dark. It's like the only lesson Whedon took from his first movie is that he didn't get to make his "This team is a timebomb" argument strongly enough.

    And make no mistake, this movie is a sequel to the first Avengers,…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

    What a waste of potential. Instead of doing something wholly fresh and original, good ol' fanboy J.J. Abrams bent over backwards to copy and remix elements from the original trilogy at every opportunity.
    It's still fun, bright and filled with wonderful performances from old and new faces, but it just doesn't stick the landing. It's a fine enough starting point for Disney's new annual franchise, I suppose.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ½

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

    I like to think I'm a forgiving viewer- willing to suspend my disbelief and go along with jarring shifts in tone, as long as I find a film emotionally effective or at least creatively bold and sincere. This has made me somewhat of a fan of M. Night Shyamalan's work, because beneath the arrogance and self-seriousness lies an artist who very earnestly believes in the power of storytelling and wants to share that passion with everyone.

    The problem with Glass…