This Is a Movie Review: Ocean’s 8

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CREDIT: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures

I give Ocean’s 8 3 out of 5 Blind Spots:


This Is a Movie Review: Hearts Beat Loud

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CREDIT: Gunpowder & Sky

I give Hearts Beat Loud 3 out of 5 SoundClouds:

This Is a Movie Review: Hotel Artemis

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CREDIT: Matt Kennedy/Global Road Entertainment

I give Hotel Artemis 2.5 out of 5 Rules:

This Is a Movie Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

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CREDIT: Jim Judkis/Focus Features

I give Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 3.5 out of 5 Casual Sweaters:

This Is a Movie Review: Hereditary

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I give Hereditary 4 out of 5 Decapitations:

This Is a Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War

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CREDIT: Marvel

Much more so than 2012’s Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of all that has come before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After ten years and nearly twenty films, this has been THE destination. Sure, “saving the whole world and/or universe” is what so many previous superhero movies have been about, so Infinity War cannot fully be satisfying on that score. But as a narrative experiment, it works as a satisfying conclusion (or beginning to a conclusion).

Weirdly enough, I think Infinity Wars works whether or not you have seen all the preceding entries. I cannot say for sure, as I have seen every MCU flick, though I have only watched all of them once each and I am by no means the most devoted Easter egg hunter. But there is just something about how this massive teamup of heroes manages to avoid feeling busy and instead come off as electric. There is a lived-in feel to Tony Stark and Stephen Strange trading banter and then becoming fast friends or the Guardians of the Galaxy making sense of Thor on the fly. If you don’t know what these characters are all about ahead of time, you can pick it up along the way, just as they do with each other. As for Thanos and his plan, it’s fine for setting the plot in motion, but I’m mainly here for all the combinations and permutations.

I give Avengers: Infinity War 4 Infinity Stones out of 5 “Shocking” Deaths.

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of June 2, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange the top 25 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all of the top 25, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
2. Imagine Dragons – “Thunder”
3. Imagine Dragons – “Believer”
4. Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”
5. Foster the People – “Sit Next to Me”
6. Bad Wolves – “Zombie”
7. Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
8. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
9. Alice Merton – “No Roots”
10. Britton Buchanan – “Where You Come From”
11. lovelytheband – “Broken”
12. Five Finger Death Punch – “Gone Away”
13. Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust”
14. Five Finger Death Punch – “Sham Pain”
15. John Mayer – “New Light”
16. Godsmack – “Bulletproof”
17. Queen – “We Will Rock You”
18. Florence + the Machine – “Hunger”
19. Five Finger Death Punch – “Blue on Black”
20. Muse – “Thought Contagion”
21. Two Feet – “I Feel Like I’m Drowning”
22. Vance Joy – “Saturday Sun”
23. Shinedown – “Devil”
24. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – “You Worry Me”
25. James Bay and Alicia Keys – “Us”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. We Will Rock You
3. Another One Bites the Dust
4. No Roots
5. Feel It Still
6. You Worry Me
7. I Feel Like I’m Drowning
8. New Light
9. Hunger
10. Thought Contagion

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