Summer Movie Review Roundup

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Hey all, I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d give a quick series of capsule reviews (most of them from my hype index) for the movies I’ve seen so far this summer.  Hope you enjoy them.

 

It Comes at Night

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A bleak, disturbing, and refreshingly minimalist horror movie.  The less written about the plot the better, but I’ll say this much: don’t go in expecting to jump out of your seat, but be ready to lose some sleep when you go to bed that night.  8/10

 

47 Meters Down

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This one’s nothing special, but the situation is nightmarish, the sharks are terrifying, and the acting’s perfectly fine.  Points must be awarded and subsequently taken away for ruining an almost-great final twist with needless backpedaling.  6/10

 

The Big Sick

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It’s not the rom-com game changer that critics have been gushing about, but The Big Sick is funny and charming, even if it’s ultimately not very memorable.  7/10

 

The Beguiled

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This movie has strong performances and atmosphere galore, but it’s crippled by an undercooked script and weak ending.  6/10

 

Baby Driver

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No one will ever accuse it of being deep, but Edgar Wright’s action-comedy-drama is breezy, undemanding summer fare that’ll send you rushing to Google the soundtrack afterwards.  Watch out for scene-stealing performances from Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx.  7.5/10

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Good jokes, decent performances, and yawn-worthy action.  Homecoming isn’t a bad movie, but its commitment to Marvel’s robotic filmmaking-by-committee makes it extremely forgettable, especially when compared with the imagination that drove Sam Raimi’s films – and yes, that includes Spiderman 3.  5.5/10

 

War for the Planet of the Apes

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Overlong and prone to mawkishness, War still gets by on jaw-dropping special effects and a compelling plot.  It does a solid job of wrapping up the trilogy’s story, but simplifies and dumbs down its once morally ambiguous central conflict.  6/10

 

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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Despite some tasty eye-candy, there’s far too much wrong with this movie to recommend it.  From the mismatched leads, to the unfocused screenplay, to the half-assed political allegories, to Cara Delevingne’s complete lack of acting ability, to the frequently terrible dialogue, there’s just too much chaff to be worth a few fun action sequences and inventive settings.  Re-watch The Fifth Element instead.  4/10

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