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Split
Split (2017)
27 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

After the shit-storm of awful movies like Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth, I thought M. Night Shyamalan should stop making movies and quit as a filmmaker. Then he made The Visit, which was surprisingly good, but still disappointing, because it's not exactly an M. Night Shyamalan film. Now we have Split, and it's everything I could ever want in an M. Night Shyamalan film... and more. I am so glad that Split is not only a great and proper return for M. Night, but it's also one of Shyamalan's best films. I could gush about this film for days, but I want this review to be short, so I will just add one more thing. James McAvoy gives his best performance here and it's become my favorite performance by him. Though there are many other reasons to watch this film over and over, McAvoy's performance alone is worth watching this film multiple times, and I encourage you to do so. I highly recommend this film, especially in IMAX and XD. I give Split an A.

La La Land
La La Land (2016)
44 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I've never been a fan of musicals. So the fact that I loved this film, says a lot about it. A+.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It would seem that Director Gareth Edwards attempts to raise the bar and set a new standard for what a Star Wars film could and should look and feel like with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Here, a Star Wars film has never looked more gorgeous, been more beautifully shot, and has never felt more real/believable... at least throughout most of the film. Aside from some impressive and satisfying visuals and character moments, there's a serious lack of character development that feels more and more like a sadly missed opportunity by the time the film ends. Another sad missed opportunity was the film's score. Unfortunately, composer Michael Giacchino only had a few weeks to create and complete the score for Rogue One, and that so very little time is more than evident on screen, it's sometimes jarring too. One of the best parts of watching a Star Wars movie is the film's score. With Rogue One being a different type of Star Wars film, it's more than disappointing that the score was lacking the magic, emotion, and power that the other Star Wars film's scores had. However, more jarring than the disappointing (and often frustrating) score, are many CGI effects, but most especially the CGI on the faces of two very important characters. For the most part, the entire film's CGI effects are believable and realistic, but for some reason the effects on two very important character's faces are completely obvious and don't fit at all with the look and style of the film. The simple trick of clever camera angels and clever story-telling would have better benefited the characters and the scenes they're in, thus enhancing the quality of the film. For me, this was immensely annoying and frustrating, and along with the terrible and disappointing score, my enjoyment of this film was nearly ruined. Another severe disappointment was the lack of a Star Wars title along the famous and beloved crawl in the beginning of the movie. Instead, the movie simply begins, and then during a somber moment in the film, we cut to black, and a really bad (and I mean very bad, like embarrassingly bad) "Rogue One" title appears, and we hear this weird and awful score as the title moves within the frame. It's so bad it's laughable, and it's so jarring that it confused and irritated me. It's also a bit obvious, at least to me, that a lot of the movie was re-shot and quickly/poorly re-edited, which was extremely frustrating. If you've seen the film's trailers, then you will notice that not only are a lot of scenes and lines of dialogue missing from the movie, but the trailers mislead you to believing the film is going to be something or about someone, and after seeing the movie you'll realize it's not. And this is not the first time movie trailers have done this, but it's so infuriating that movie trailers are allowed to mislead you and lie to you, all in the name of trying to make sure you want to see the movie. Granted, the re-shot scenes for Rogue One weren't wholly terrible, but it does make wonder what the film was like before the extensive re-shoots, and it does make me wish I could have seen the original version of this film, with all the scenes, lines, and shots from the trailers. Because after the credits rolled, I felt like, even though I enjoyed Rogue One, I most likely would have preferred the original cut of the movie. All things considered, despite Rogue One's annoying, obvious, and frustrating flaws, the film succeeds more than it fails. Due to some amazingly awesome visuals, interesting characters and fun character interactions, exciting action sequences. Rogue One is a must see at least once, and if you're going to only see it once it would be best to see it in the theater, most especially in 2D IMAX and 2D XD. I give Rogue One a C+.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Not exactly a spin-off and not exactly a prequel, Fantastic Beasts is instead a new introduction into J.K. Rowling's wizarding world (but this time set in 1920's America, 70 years before Harry Potter was born) and aims to expand on the world of Harry Potter. What results is a different yet very appropriate type of movie set in Rowling's wizarding world that is just as fun, dark, and complex, as the Potter movies, but perhaps a bit more sophisticated. It does benefit the viewer so much more if he or she has read the Harry Potter books, and thus makes the film more exciting, interesting, and enjoyable, but for the uninitiated, Fantastic Beasts is entertaining enough and may charm you enough to want to learn more about these characters and where this story will take them. With this first entry in a series of five films, Director David Yates and writer J.K. Rowling have created something truly original and promising. I give Fantastic Beasts an A-