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Transformers: The Last Knight
2 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It is an exhausting experience to sit through a Michael Bay movie. With so much on the screen at any given time, your eyes and brain are given a workout to try and absorb as much as possible before shutting down due to fatigue. And at 2 1/2 hours, a 30-minute story is dragged on to the point of brain-numbing ambivalence.

But is there anything good in this movie? Bay's expertise at using motion and chaos to paint every single frame is to be admired, but lazy writing and half a story are inexcusable in a movie with this length. All the actors bring an earnestness in the role, with Anthony Hopkins seemingly enjoying himself more than he did as Odin in the Thor movies. The effects are spectacular, and the story structure (such as it is) is perhaps the most cohesive since the first Transformers movie. But at the end of the day, the only words left to describe this franchise is "why care anymore?"

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
22 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Wonder Woman was my first superhero, my first crush, my first love. She was the one who taught me that love is stronger than hate, and that strength can be derived from that love. Diana is equal parts love, strength, and beauty, and Gal Gadot displays that so effortlessly in this movie, that it was the role she was born to play.

Surrounding Gadot is a talented supporting cast, from the Amazons (Robin Wright!) to Diana's own version of Captain America's Howling Commandos. That the movie bears more than a passing resemblance to Captain America is not a bad thing, and the setting of this story in a war that is now a century old makes War in and of itself a tragic figure. Chris Pine brings his Chris Pine charm to Captain Steve Trevor without rehashing Captain Kirk. The movie feels a bit too long, but the action sequences are very well done. I look forward to seeing more of Wonder Woman.

Logan
Logan (2017)
22 days ago via Movies on iPhone

The tragedy of getting old is two-fold: 1) illness (both mental and physical) and 2) regret. Logan, both the character and the movie, have tragedy to spare. The rage that Wolverine has expressed throughout the years was previously seen as a quirk of Logan's personality, but here, his rage seems natural as a result of years and years of pain and suffering. The downside to the longevity of superhero stories is that we rarely see heroes grow old; after all, age takes the excitement away from the stories.

Enter X-23, a character whose tragic origin surpasses Logan's own. Brilliantly portrayed by Dafne Keen, X-23/Laura reflects the rage of a child but with the possibility of a sincere tenderness that Wolverine strived for but rarely achieved.

"Logan" is a violent, bloody, and harsh movie. But at its core, "Logan" is a sad, nihilistic movie. While there's nothing quite as fun and visceral as seeing a man and a young girl slash their way through bad guys, there's also something to be said about how they bond and become a unit. Of all the X-Men movies, "Logan" has the most heart.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
27 days ago via Movies on iPhone

The curse of Will Turner and the love between Will and Elizabeth is at the heart of the first three Pirates movies. It is the major driving force for much of the original trilogy, and it grounded the craziness with something familiar. On Stranger Tides showed that Jack Sparrow isn't enough for this franchise, and Dead Men Tell No Tales only cements that viewpoint. Jack isn't a character; he's a force of nature that affects those around him, which is what makes Depp's performance great to watch. But without a strong supporting cast, Jack is just a buffoon. Gone is the intelligence that Jack had shown. In its place is a caricature of an Oscar-nominated performance.

What makes this movie somewhat enjoyable to watch is Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. He seems to be the only one to know what movie he's in, and it's too bad that the rest of the cast is as bland as a stale Jack Sparrow.