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99 Homes
99 Homes (2015)
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Michael Shannon plays a repo man and Andrew Garfield plays an impoverished construction worker who is later recruited by Shannon to do his dirty work. It's thoroughly tense, dramatic, and entertaining, save for the end, which I thought could have been bolder. It's an engaging premise executed relatively well, further bolstered by two excellent performances (particularly Michael Shannon). It gives us insight into the repercussions of the 2008 financial crisis, and is arguably one of the best films centered around it.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

At World's End is an appropriate title for the 3rd Pirates movie. It's not only the end of an incredible trilogy, it's the end of what should have been the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Dead Man's Chest had some pretty silly humor. Unfortunately, At World's End is goofy to a fault. There are scenes where there are multiple Jack Sparrow's running around, while Devil and Angel Jack are both standing on Jack's shoulders. It's a little too ridiculous and not particularly funny. Being mindful, this doesn't ruin the movie; it's only a very small element of a massive production. A production that is perhaps too complicated with too many things going on at once. Davy Jones' storyline is further fleshed out, with Bill Nighy once again bringing another great performance to the forefront. Jack and Barbossa are back together, and their chemistry is fantastic as it was in the first. What impressed me the most were the set pieces, particularly the final maelstrom battle. It's jaw-dropping, ridiculously epic, and it looks fantastic, even a full decade later. The final act is truly a spectacle to behold, and is a prime example of how a massive Hollywood budget should be utilized. At World's End may not be the best in the trilogy, but it's a farewell that couldn't be sweeter.

War Machine
War Machine (2017)
16 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Brad Pitt, a highly prolific actor in Hollywood, stars as General McMahon in Netflix's newest exclusive film, War Machine. It's based on a real US Army general, and focuses on the latter part of his career during the end of the war in Afghanistan. He's desperately searching for victory in a war more complicated than simply "winning" or "losing". Brad Pitt is a rather odd casting decision... his performance isn't bad by any means, just peculiar. He brings out rocky and inflexible facial expressions and hand gestures that were apparently a part of the general's look. The character's over-the-top mannerisms and speaking style combined with the very presence of an actor like Brad Pitt sometimes disconnected me from the experience. The movie moves along quite slowly for a war film, only gaining speed in the last act. It all really comes down to how interested you are in seeing Brad Pitt in such a quirky role. Other than that, you probably won't find much reason to stick around.

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

Great performances from the two leads provide for some hilarious and entertaining material. Although, it's heavily bogged down by a stereotypically one-dimensional villain and disappointing ending.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The most common outlook on the Pirates series seems to be the belief that the first movie is the only good one, and that they deteriorate from there on. In my eyes, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Dead Man's Chest returns bigger, bolder and louder. Depp is at the top of his game; arguably even funnier than the first. Bill Nighy's Davy Jones is a menacing and worthy villain, partly in thanks to the unbelievably good special effects (effects that are even better than 2017's Dead Men Tell No Tales). The soundtrack, like the first, is booming and strong, punctuating the scary and elevating the intensity. Where Dead Man's Chest falters is the mildly over-bloated plot. So many things are happening at once, it's oftentimes hard to focus on them all. Another thing that may turn some off is the shift in tone about halfway through the movie, going from silly and over-the-top to more serious. I thought this was a great way of keeping things energized, considering the film clocks in at 140 minutes before credits. The central theme here is what it means to be a good person: and Captain Jack is put to the test. This leads to an emotionally resonating ending, something most blockbusters lack. Minor gripes aside, Dead Man's Chest is a worthy sequel, even over a decade later.