Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War is simultaneously the best Avengers movie and the worst Captain America movie. It seeks to reconcile the global, over-the-top scale of the former with the gritty, grounded nature of the latter – doing so with only marginal success. While the movie effectively continues the saga from The Winter Soldier, the inclusion […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2015

The usual caveat about living in Japan applies especially to The Revenant, one of the few award contenders I haven’t seen, and to a number of well-received documentaries and foreign films. Brooklyn, The Martian, and Spotlight were the final cuts. 1. Two Days, One Night Off-screen and almost as a prologue, the straightforward premise of Two Days, One Night […]

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24: Live Another Day

The action genre has a shorter lifespan than most. There’s a reason why Tobey Maguire didn’t make the fourth Spider-Man, why Shia LaBeouf wasn’t in the fourth Transformers, why Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley were hazy memories by the fourth Pirates. At a certain point, the familiar becomes mundane. Even the most venerable franchises prove […]

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