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Super 8
Super 8 (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Abrams keeps getting better each time. In this film, he really recaptures some of the old Hollywood magic in this film. And by Hollywood magic, I don't mean fancypants fx and glamorous arrogant actors. I mean the storytelling style that Spielberg made famous, that truly imparts a sense of thrills, excitement, and a sense of wonder to the audience. Where he surpasses Spielberg is in the sentimental relationship development of his characters and their ties to the storyline and the action, and Spielberg's no slouch in that department. Where he falls slightly short, is in a conclusive thrilling ending that ties in well to the rest of the story and to the characters. Still the ride was a fantastic, emotive experience and should be a lesson to other contemporary filmmakers (unfortunately the majority) who go for cheap, lazy, and simple gimmicks rather than an innovative or genuine investment in the story and characters.

X-Men: First Class
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The pace was bumpy and it seemed like the direction was intentionally campy at times in order to match the 60's wardrobes and set pieces. But the strong lead performances and the story do (barely) redeem the film at the end. Overall, a disappointment, especially coming from Vaughn, but I'm still glad I saw the movie. I'd have to say Vaughn's weakest work to date, but even his worst film is a decent flick.

As an aside, it seems like they had a bare-bones budget for graphics and effects. You can see it when Xavier "freezes" people. In X1 & X2, they obviously used CG for the freeze effect. In this film, the actors have to create their own freeze effect.

Chicago
Chicago (2002)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I didn't see what the big deal was about this film. Some dancing and singing is occasionally broken out in a movie with a mediocre story, dreadful plot, awkward pacing, and some uninspired performances from the cast. As far as musicals go, Moulin Rouge was imaginative and uplifting, but Chicago was a snoozer.