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Bohemian Rhapsody - 7/10 - mostly a lot of fun, plenty of laugh out loud moments, a bit too hagiographic (to be expected when the remaining members of Queen are the producers), lots of music, a few liberties to make a narrative, and a decent amount of tragedy.

Welcome to Marwen - 8/10 - very interesting, a little too neat in resolution, but very excellent use of the resources of film to present the internal dilemma of the man recovering from his trauma.


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Finally got around to catching up on:

Incredibles 2--a fun sequel to a great movie, this movie has some really clever moments and good humor. It's a good movie for girl power--Elastigirl gets a chance to show off some really good smarts as well as inventive uses of her superpowers, and Violet shows a lot of growth in her abilities with her power as well as in a ramping up of her maturity and responsibility. Mr Incredible has a nice character arc as well, and Jack Jack, Dash and Edna have some great funny moments. Frozone gets some moments to shine, too, so there's some great spreading of the wealth. The story is solid, although as another review said, much of the first movie is undone by the setup to this one. Still, it's a decent plot without too many holes or obvious inconsistencies. Overall, a fun and good movie that I really enjoyed and look forward to seeing again.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure--a decent popcorn adventure flick despite the typical plot holes and classic "why did they do that" moments from several characters. I thought it was better put together than the Scorch Trials, but still consider the first Maze Runner film to be the best of the trilogy. The acting and effects are good, and it was definitely easy to spot the sequence where Dylan O'Brien was injured during filming; I give him credit for returning to finish the film considering the severity of his injuries. I don't love the ending; it's a little vague as regards finding and implementing the cure for the Flare virus, but the film overall was enjoyable, and the series as a whole was a decent adventure series despite some flaws.


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The Greatest Showman--this was a very good movie! Good songs, good acting, and an engaging story. Hugh Jackman's PT Barnum is perhaps less "showy" than I would have imagined, but probably more realistic the way he was portrayed. The circus performers are very sympathetically done, and Barnum's daughters are adorable. I enjoyed this film a lot, and I expect that I'll be watching it again in the future. On a side note, it's a good film for the whole family--my 12 year old niece loves it.


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The Favorite--6.5/10. This feels really weird to me. A well-directed, well-acted, well shot film that just left me cold. Three excellent performances, but it felt like drinking exceptionally well-crafted poison.


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"Isn't it Romantic?" 5/10 It was okay, given that it is a set-up that allows for infinite plot holes that can be explained away by the premise. For me the best part was Jennifer Saunders in the opening sequence with her 'there are no happy endings for women like us' rant, in light of her Shrek II line 'ogres don't get happy endings.' I don't know if that parallel was deliberate, but I liked it. But from there the movie was downhill.

I also saw What Men Want. 6/10 I could criticize more things, but ... one, it is basically about lead character as an overcompetitive boor learning to not be one, so she was a male stereotype learning to not be one. I'll give credit for this, though, that what really turned her around was seeing that the guy she was interested in really wanted to be a great dad and have a stable loving trusting relationship. At least they flipped the script pretty thoroughly. And second, the product placement was overwhelming, and the product was Atlanta. I live in Atlanta metro and I like Georgia's recent prominence in the film industry, but it was pretty heavy.

Second Act - 3/10 - real yawner, mostly cringeworthy.


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Deadpool 2--hilarious, most definitely not family friendly. There's some fantastic fight choreography and a bunch of super-funny fourth-wall breaking and other-movie-references. Ryan Reynolds nails it as Deadpool again, and Josh Brolin does a great job as Cable. Zazie Beetz' Domino is a fantastic new character, and Julian Dennison impresses as Russell. This movie is definitely not for everyone, with lots of bad language and graphic violence, but if that's not a deal-breaker, it's a fun parody of superhero movies with a surprising amount of emotion mixed in throughout the film. Overall, I enjoyed it.


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Deadpool 2--hilarious, most definitely not family friendly. There's some fantastic fight choreography and a bunch of super-funny fourth-wall breaking and other-movie-references. Ryan Reynolds nails it as Deadpool again, and Josh Brolin does a great job as Cable. Zazie Beetz' Domino is a fantastic new character, and Julian Dennison impresses as Russell. This movie is definitely not for everyone, with lots of bad language and graphic violence, but if that's not a deal-breaker, it's a fun parody of superhero movies with a surprising amount of emotion mixed in throughout the film. Overall, I enjoyed it.
I agree. Part of the point is to wallow in the over-the-top tastelessness of it, which would actually apply to most of the other superhero movies if they did not take themselves so seriously. It's kind of like watching Mel Brooks movies, esp., The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Space Balls - if you want more delicate, nuanced comedy, see the Three Stooges. Brroks was asked about the tastelessness of The Producers, and said something like "lady, this movie would have to be cleaned up to come up to the level of tasteless.' That's how Deadpool II is (probably I as well, but did not see it).


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Just saw Yugioh: The Dark Side of Dimensions and I really liked it. Almost teared up at points. Everyone did a good job voice wise and the story, apart from any flaws, was good. Was surprised at how much I still cared for the characters after all these years. Grew up with the English/US version, and the cast didn't disappoint.

I give it around a 7/10. Just a nice movie to watch.


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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom--entertaining, but best not to think too hard about it. It has a lot of things reminiscent of The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2 (and that's not praise), but the characters are somewhat more engaging in the latest movie. The on-island stuff goes by fairly quickly, then suddenly you're on the mainland with an improbable dino adventure in northern California. No spoilers, so I won't go into detail, but there's some brachiosaurus-sized plot holes, hence the "don't think too hard about it" line above. The ending is both uplifting to the conservationist in me, and disturbing in a "you're going to get people killed with that stunt you just pulled" way. Jeff Goldblum's much-touted appearance is a cameo that adds essentially nothing to the movie except a marketing stunt. Still, Pratt and Howard do a decent job, the new kid-in-danger role is adequately done, and the new sidekicks have some interesting moments. Overall, I enjoyed it for what it is--a Hollywood spectacle with action, explosions, and cool dinosaurs, but a movie that won't win any awards for plot, story, or intelligence.

(The YouTube "How It Should Have Ended" video for this movie is hilarious and right on the money, by the way, pointing out the extreme silliness of some of those aforementioned plot holes and demonstrating more realistic consequences for some of the head-scratching character decisions than were in the film.)
I'd say about the same about it myself. It was ok, but the best part about it for me were the dinosaurs for the most part.


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Captain Marvel--Finally, the MCU has a movie led by a female superhero, and she packs a wallop! She's a really interesting character, and Brie Larson does a very nice job portraying Marvel's newest superhero. The supporting cast does a nice job with their characters as well. Samuel Jackson's de-aged Nick Fury was an entertaining sidekick to Larson's Carol Danvers (although the de-aging for him and for Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson doesn't entirely avoid the uncanny valley effect--it's better than some attempts at the effect, but still doesn't look natural). Goose the Cat is also a highlight, although explaining how would involve spoilers. The movie is entertaining, although the way the story is built caused me some confusion while watching it; having said that, all confusion is dispelled by the final act, and the storytelling device enables the audience to learn what's going on in much the same way as Captain Marvel does. Overall, it's a good addition to the MCU cannon--not one of the best, but enjoyable, interesting and well done. I look forward to seeing what Carol Danvers will contribute in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.

Edited to add: forgot to mention that the Marvel Studios credit in the beginning of the film was changed to show Stan Lee's cameo appearances over the years, a sweet tribute to the man who was responsible for so many of the Marvel characters and stories from the movies. I thought it was a great way to honor his memory.


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Finally saw Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Thought that everyone did a good job acting wise and liked a lot of it. But I can see where some of the pacing and editing seemed strange. And I'm no fan of how some parts panned out.

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The moving back and forth between the present at Hogwarts with Dumbledore and the Ministry and then the past with Leta and co., being still in school, was a bit confusing at first.

No fan with how Queenie was treated in this movie. Big thumbs down from me here.


I give this movie a 7/10 overall for the good I did see in it.


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