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  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★★

    Gina Prince-Bythewood's adaptation of The Old Guard was precisely the action film I needed. It's exciting as hell to watch when the tension is rising, but I think the most effective and critical component of the film is its emotional core. I can't remember the last time I watched an action film with so many thoughtful moments of reflection for its characters, which pays out immensely when the stakes are raised. Especially considering I've just come off watching The Expendables;…

  • The Expendables

    The Expendables

    ★★

    This would be an entertaining film if it wasn't A) so violent in a miserable way, and B) a complete vanity project. An ensemble like this can only be enjoyable if it isn't obsessed with stroking the egos of everyone involved. The entire film you get the impression that none of these dudes want to look bad, and the result is something that feels so desperate to make you impressed. I also think Stallone really isn't the right choice to direct something like this. Ego bias aside, he isn't a native action director and it really shows.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    This movie was my Anton Ego moment for film this year. By this, I mean that it resonated with me in such a profound way that it rocked me to my core and made me reconsider why the art that I love means to much to me. In the case of Into the Spider-Verse, I had to reconcile my love for both film and comic books in the same experience, a feeling which left me shaken through much of the…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

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

    It feels really strange that this is the first MCU film that intends to offer a degree of closure to a story that's been going on for just over a decade. In this regard, it feels really exciting that Endgame feels like closure for many storylines, almost as if the franchise has finally allowed itself an opportunity to exhale. Even though I didn't have much of an emotional reaction to this film, there's a lot that I loved about it's…