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  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★

    The stuff with Zachary Levi and the kids is a delight and a joy. It's everything that DC should be modeling their superhero films after. The stuff with Mark Strong is dark, dour, and needlessly gratuitous in all kinds of ways. It's everything that DC has been modeling their superhero films after and should be avoiding at all costs.

    While I've never been a fan of this franchise's grimdark milieu, it's especially unwelcome here, in a film that careens from…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

    The fact that this film isn’t a total mess is impressive, and the fact that it works all the way through is astonishing. But the fact it’s a legitimately well written and intelligently structured film when just throwing all these characters on screen together would have made a billion dollars is miraculous.

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★½

    Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu is not a pretentious fraud.

    Now, before Film Twitter grabs their torches and pitchforks, let me explain. Iñárritu may not be a pretentious fraud, but he is sure as hell pretentious, and The Revenant bears all the hallmarks of his pretentiousness. Flashbacks with little meaning, hallucinations that serve no purpose, and pseudo-profound statements that collapse under the slightest amount of scrutiny all pop up frequently here.

    However, I think to be a fraud he would have to…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Regardless of quality, La La Land is the kind of film I would applaud. Fresh off a film that was nominated for five Oscars and made 15 times its budget at the box office, Damien Chazelle decided not to chase a Marvel or Star Wars film, but instead decided to cash in his newfound Hollywood clout on a passion project; a big, throwback, audacious, swooningly romantic L.A. musical. These days, that qualifies as an act of cinematic heroism, one made…