Wonder Woman

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Let me just say that while many genres have my sympathy, the superhero genre is usually not one of them. With the exception of Nolan’s Batman films, I find many superhero movies to be rather lukewarm with their predictable outcomes and action scenes for the sake of action. However, Wonder Woman blew away all of my expectations and more.


The Revenant

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While it’s not a film I particularly love, I admire “The Revenant” for its beauty, cinematography, and visceral depiction of the wild. This is a film that is meant to be seen on the big screen.


Carol

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I am not by any means an expert on the subject of love, but I believe “Carol” is one of the most realistic and intelligent portrayals of love that I’ve seen in film.


The Hateful Eight

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Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, “The Hateful Eight”, is some sort of twisted game of Clue in the style of a Western, set ten or so years after the American Civil War. Add a stellar cast and a beautiful original score written by Ennio Morricone and we’ve got ourselves a good movie that’s entertaining as hell.


Joy

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As the film celebrates strong matriarchal characters and the power of determination, I can’t help but wish “Joy” was better.


The Force Awakens

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The most anticipated movie of the year, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, lives up to all the hype, and J. J. Abrams delivers the best early Christmas present I could ask for.