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Dunkirk (2017)
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

[10/10] -- In this tenth feature-length film from director Christopher Nolan, this particular filmgoer is delivered one of the most complicated theatre-going endeavors I've had the pleasure of experiencing in recent memory. For, what I believed started out as a seemingly by-the-numbers triptych of wartime survival that any other director could have just as easily produced, quickly and mesmerizingly contorted itself into something much more unique. Much more unconventional. Much more Nolan-esque. I won't spoil what the moment/technique is, but, boy, did this element prove me wrong and completely negate all ill feelings I had towards the first half-hour or so. Indeed, once "Dunkirk" shows its truly genius hand, it really takes off. From here on in, the movie becomes infinitely more interesting, immeasurably more fun to watch, and eons more rewarding than most other films one will see in the current motion picture market. This masterstroke technique -- which, again, I can't spoil here because of how simply masterful it really is -- is a testament to how intelligent Nolan treats his audience and, in that, he once again proves himself as one of the most valuable filmmakers in the game. This technique, amongst many others, (such as the beautiful performances, images, effects, and score work from Hans Zimmer) ultimately renders "Dunkirk" into the strong rebuke that it is. A rebuke levied against the bow of the belief that war movies are simply "old hat," "tired," or "been there, done that." "Hold my Earl Grey," says Nolan. And by God did he let us have it with this gem. I laughed, I choked up, I gasped, and I smiled from ear to ear many, many times. Truly, a cinematic experience worth seeing (in any theater, but -- honestly -- see it in a big, loud, cutting edge one) and one that I simply will not forget. Ever.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
17 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In this third adaptation of the classic comic icon, Marvel/Disney and Sony team up to bring us easily the best Spider-Man film since 2004's "Spider-Man 2". In successfully combining the tones of a classic Hughes-esque, coming-of-age film, and the conventional, yet appealing notes of any tried and true MCU vehicle, director Jon Watts and co. really do deliver a worthwhile time at the theater. And with the young Tom Holland absolutely killing it as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man all throughout the film, the rewards in "Homecoming" are almost boundless. Even the main antagonist - which has proven to be quite the elusive character for the MCU to get right in the past - ends up functioning efficiently and even memorably in this piece. Fantastic work all around and I can't wait for more of these to come.

Baby Driver
Baby Driver (2017)
25 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Edgar Wright continues to prove his worth as an auteur-tier writer/director with "Baby Driver," a superb crime caper with some excellent stylistic flourishes, a generally infectious sense of fun, and some of the coolest car-based set pieces I've seen in a really long while. And with a thrillingly magnificent climax, you can be sure that this one will leave quite the lasting impact.

The Mummy
The Mummy (2017)
43 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Universal's "Dark Universe" kicks off with a whimper in Alex Kurtzman's "The Mummy," a fairly watchable flick with some solid set pieces, an affable turn from Tom Cruise, and an engaging premise (the key word again - "premise") for a prospective cinematic world. However, it's the uninspired execution and wonky writing that gets the better of this one, ultimately rendering it into a product with monetary aspirations, rather than a film with creative ones. Still though, if you're just looking for some pure, unadulterated, shove-popcorn-and-snowcaps-in-your-mouth entertainment, this could be the movie for you. I'm just not sure that's exactly what Universal and Co. wanted this to be.

Moana (2016)
46 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Lavish animation and soundtrack work elevate this considerably imaginative, if thematically familiar entry in Disney's pantheon of animated princess tales. Strong vocal performances by both Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson also help power this breezy, mythologically-charged fable through the occasional narrative rough patch. Just don't put a lotta' stake in seeing much of that cute, little pig. Seriously that thing is literally in two scenes, tops.