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  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    ★★★★

    The stakes are higher and it shows.  Yates also makes Harry and the gang feel more like real people.  It’s grittier and the world more lived in.

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★

    Entirely forgettable yet entertaining in the moment.  Was surprised how much they leaned into the comedy.  If you like the actors and the typical F&F action you’ll enjoy this.

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

    So I watched this with my son. He wants to watch all of the SW movies again in the lead up to Episode 9. The first thing I'll say is that the level of invention and world building in this is extraordinary. This isn't some cash grab from Lucas. He put a lot of time and thought into creating this Universe and is shows. Unfortunately he made two almost fatal errors with the casting of Jake Lloyd and the creation…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★★

    Somehow three films in this franchise is still a blast.  Full of wit and cleverness and a central performance by Keanu that maintains the stoic indifference from the first film.  Special citation to the dogs and horses.