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  • Roma

    Roma

    ½

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

    Rare to see a film that is at its heart so fundamentally opposed to what excites and inspires me about cinema. Punishingly fussy, insufferably cutesy, with a particularly dumb high schooler's eye for visual irony and a shameful penchant for the basest cruelty. Cuaron has supposedly brought his childhood memories to life. A smart filmmaker would take this as an opportunity to interrogate the ephemerality of memory (especially taking into consideration the class divide which clouds the relations these kids…

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★

    What, uh.........happened here? Bizarrely bad editing (why is every scene like 30 seconds shorter than it feels like they should be?) makes it feel like a crime scene more than a movie. I felt like I was constantly dusting for fingerprints trying to figure out what went down to make the movie so choppy and awkward. Momoa's a lot of fun though. Exactly the kind of bad actor a role like this deserves.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    The real battle royale this summer isn't between Batman and Superman, or between Captain America and Iron Man, or between the X-Men and the purple guy. It's over the soul of blockbuster cinema. Marvel has clearly staked its claim, and DC announced its own perspective rather loudly a few months ago. The latter made a film which, while admittedly convoluted, was at least a stab at something grandiose and new. It didn't make logical sense, but it felt like it…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

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

    In my review of Captain America: Civil War two years ago, I likened the MCU to a bottomless pit. These movies, even the fun ones, ultimately fail because none of them can end. They can't tell complete stories, always forced to conclude with a tease of continuation. It's been ten years since the jump into the pit, and we've just kept on falling. Infinity War was marketed with the promise of finally hitting bottom. Hilariously, they couldn't even pull that…