LOGAN (2017) Mini Review

Logan PosterThe performances by veterans Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart and newcomer¬†Dafne Keen are outstanding, but the story’s powerful message of fatherly love and examination of the consequences of violence are drowned out by the film’s revelling in its own graphic savagery against the one-dimensionally evil bad guys. C

DUNKIRK (2017) Mini Review

Dunkirk PosterChristopher Nolan’s latest reduces characterization to immersively emphasize the experience of the soldiers’ relentless fight for survival, which caps off with a powerful celebration of the united courage of military and ordinary citizens whose rooting in true events, however exaggerated on film, rounds out its impact. A

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (2017) Mini Review

War for the Planet of the Apes PosterIt was inevitable which species would win given this trilogy’s status as a prequel; it’s the film’s argument that this planet would be better off ruled by animals that sours this ambitious trilogy capper that manages to be both the bleakest and silliest entry. C+

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT (2017) Mini Review

Transformers: The Last Knight PosterIt’s jaw-droppingly ridiculous and horrifically overstuffed, but its surprisingly tolerable characterizations make it the most consistently entertaining of these disastrous Transformers movies so far, if in a “so bad that it’s entertaining” way. D+

WONDER WOMAN (2017) Mini Review

Wonder Woman PosterFor once, it’s a standalone superhero movie that’s not hampered by franchise-building, and it offers a heart and example of heroism the ever-popular genre needs more of; while the action scenes are mostly messes of in-your-face slow-motion, the powerful “No Man’s Land” sequence is an instant classic. B

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017) Mini Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 PosterDespite an ambitiously, if not quite fittingly, somber denouement, it’s a pretty generic Marvel sequel that ramps up what made the first one successful except for the redemptive themes, making for crasser, if also more visually strikingly, filler. C+