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War for the Planet of the Apes
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A rousing, grim but ultimately hopefully poetic conclusion to this well-respected series. A deeply involving prison escape film with some thematic depth and thrilling sequences. Forget Spiderman: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes is the king of the blockbuster franchise season. Don't miss it. Rating: 88

The Big Sick
The Big Sick (2017)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Big Sick effortlessly balances heart-wrenching medical drama with searingly funny comedy. Kumhail Nanjiani is a force to be reckoned with. He is hilarious and witty without the force or juvenile humor that defines many a stand-up comedian. He has created a delightful script with his wife, based on the real account of their relationship. Zoe Kazan is once again natural and charming, though she is largely placed to the sidelines during the strong middle section. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are absolutely incredible as Emily's parents. Romano brings a delicate vulnerability and sincere humor to his role, while Hunter is fiercely committed to her daughter displaying maternal warmth wrapped in a cloak of rough edges. The Big Sick is so adept at both the comedy and drama moments that its balance is nearly perfect. We care about these characters. We laugh and we cry along with them. It shines with joyous and bittersweet humanity, and is one of 2017's best films. Rating: 93

Smurfs: The Lost Village
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Much more of a pleasant kid-friendly palate cleanser than a cinematic torture vehicle like the live-action/animated hybrid Smurf films, Smurfs: The Lost Village, wisely and finally, converts the blue characters into eye-popping animation. It's a gorgeous looking film, with a solid female-centric core. It could have even gone further with the girl power as it was perfectly laid out to be a feminist reboot of the series. The script still needs some work, as random sex jokes and juvenile humor take away from the childlike innocence found in the rest of the film. It isn't fantastic animated cinema, but after dreadful previous releases, it comes as a pleasant lark. Rating: 59

Black Mass
Black Mass (2015)
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Johnny Depp turns in one of his more nuanced and compelling performances in a while in Black Mass, however, the rest of the film seesaws between tedium and mildly gripping. It never reaches the heights of similarly themed films of late, and its story presentation is plagued with heaps of plot points never fully fleshed out. I will admit, this isn't necessarily my kind of film, but if you are in the mood for such a thing, the jolting violence and mobster plot should captivate well enough. Rating: 54

The Gift
The Gift (2015)
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Brilliant psychological thriller that takes a turn for the cerebral towards the end. It really makes you think about the repercussions you have on people and on their past. Rating: 84