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  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★★

    A superhero comedy that actually works! The comedy isn't rooted in, "yes viewer, you're too cool to enjoy things and we're in on it too!," cynical autofellatio, but rather in having in-narrative characters and situations be, y'know, actually funny. Several scenes are surprisingly dark, in a way that I still haven't decided whether or not I think works for the movie (kinda leaning toward yes, as I feel they lend some weight/credence to the movie's central conflict), but it's overall a mirthful and totally fun family film with plenty of legitimate heart to balance out the comedy.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★

    Carol Danvers is a great character with a great arc, but the movie she's in is just fine. It honestly kind of plays out like a sparknotes version of itself, never really taking time to develop any of its ideas or its story. Still though, I almost never want a movie to be longer than it is, so maybe it's a good thing that I wanted more of this instead of less. In any case it's pretty fun. It's a…

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  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    An epic tragedy the likes of which we will likely not see again. Everything about this movie is staggering: the scale, the colors, the performances, the story. Sure it's on the long side, but it earns its length. Bold visual storytelling as only Kurosawa could deliver.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    God, what a movie. I'm writing this in 2019, nothing I can say that hasn't been said yet. Just...watch it.