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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★½

    Very much enjoyed this; as someone not big into musicals, I appreciated how it is committed to and confident in itself and how that energy ends up being infectious. Anthony Ramos is indeed a star, while Corey Hawkins is surprisingly impressive. Most of the other leads are talented, but they seem to lack that spark that really makes them stand out. Even so, it still makes for a great ensemble performance overall.

    I also enjoyed seeing a NewYork City movie…

  • Infinite

    Infinite

    ★½

    INFINITE is like if Paramount took whole chunks out of WANTED, THE OLD GUARD, the ASSASSIN'S CREED movie and the HIGHLANDER sequels and said "do these, but worse; here's a dump truck full of money". How the mighty have fallen.

    There's something to be said for ridiculous, bombastic, overly stylized high concept blockbusters, but none of those elements ever truly comes together for INFINITE. There are cool bits & pieces within but its ultimately a waste. There are fair to solid…

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★½

    Rather than dive into decades worth of kaiju lore, I approached this as a pulp/comic book/professional wrestling/title fight mashup -all things that the iconic monsters have influenced in some way- and from that standpoint this is an absolute knockout victory. Still, a gnawing issue of this series comes to a head here that depletes what is an otherwise pure cinematic joyride.

    There is certain criticism-proof threshold to films about giant monkeys and lizards, as well as a vast leeway regarding…

  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★★

    ARMY OF THE DEAD is a lot of fun, but even though it’s preposterous it certainly isn’t brain dead, Snyder definitely has a lot of things on his mind. There’s allusions overt and subtle to things like immigration and the Police State, but it’s used to add texture to his worldbuilding rather than make a definitive political statement and I think it all works to the film’s benefit (one might decry the inclusion of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer in…