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Spider-Man: Homecoming
41 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Finally, this is the Spider-Man that I remember reading and admiring as a child. Tom Holland does a great job as Peter Parker, exuding a great amount of charm and cleverness, while still being an awkward high school dweeb. Michael Keaton's portrayal of The Vulture is well done with good backstory, and the supporting cast shines. It's a great combination of a good high school movie and a good comic book action movie, even if it does (accidentally?) destroy the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline just a tiny bit. I can't wait to see Spider-Man appear in more movies, hopefully someday exceeding the high bar set by Spider-Man 2 back in 2004.

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

"Baby Driver" is incredible. It's like an almost two-hour long music video, with countless actions, sounds cues and editing tricks all in time to an incredible soundtrack. The action sequences are memorable and consistently heart-pounding, the performances are good all around the board, with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx being particular standouts, and Edgar Wright's direction is.....well, it's Edgar Wright's direction. It's clever, precise, and downright jaw-dropping. While some characters are underdeveloped, especially Deborah the waitress, it's still the most exhilarating fun I've had at a movie all year, and I can't wait to see it again.

Okja
Okja (2017)
49 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Okja is like someone wrote a draft of a family movie with an R-rating as a joke, but then was allowed to make it. Bong Joon-ho (the director of the incredible Snowpiercer) somehow makes the story of a superpig destined to become bacon and her human friend exciting, funny, heartbreaking, and uplifiting all at the same time. Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano are, as always, incredible, and Jake Gyllenhall gives a delightfully madcap performance. It's an odd flick, but honestly, it's absolutely worth a watch. Just don't eat chicken (or any other meat) while watching it, unless you want to feel slightly guilty.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

My enjoyment for this movie is definitely deeply rooted in my nostalgia for the book series, but even without the fond memories, "Captain Underpants" is still an enjoyably goofy adventure with its heart in the right place. The animation is fluid, bouncy, and varied, like a Saturday Morning cartoon on steroids, and the voice actors all sound like they're having an absolute blast making these childish jokes. While a romantic subplot is shoehorned in, it doesn't affect the rapid-fire pacing and non-stop (incredibly juvenile) chuckles the rest of the movie provides.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I went into Pirates of the Caribbean 5 with low, low expectations, and I was better off doing so. While the film felt too long, was needlessly complicated with its mythology, and often became astoundingly stupid, I found myself enjoying it a lot. It's stupid and cartoony to a point of being self-aware and fun, with some sequences feeling like they came straight out of a "Fast and Furious" movie (but with boats and horses instead of cars and Vin Deisels). The performances are all fine, even if Johnny Depp's shtick is getting old and Javier Bardem basically just says "Jack Sparrow" in a menacing Spanish accent over and over again, but the action pieces and effects make up for any acting shortcomings. Low expectations were definitely helpful for me to enjoy this stupidly entertaining addition to a franchise that should definitely be dead by now.