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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★½

    For a film bursting with creative energy, it's the digressive, mostly wordless "Broadway Melody" sequence that feels the most emblematic of that quality. Utterly captivating, wistful, and imaginative, yet entirely extra.

  • Miss Hokusai

    Miss Hokusai

    ★★★½

    Often opaque but rewarding to chip away at. Its quiet enthusiasm towards the sharing of sensations is absorbing.

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  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6

    ★½

    So white washed and sterile that it makes the "culture clash" of San Francisco and Tokyo completely superficial. Its vapid tackling of familial loss is made all the more frustrating due to its blank cast of rote characters. Then a big superhero battle, ripped straight out of Marvel's already dull recent output, happens. Don't bother.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    For decades, George Miller has been throwing ideas at a wall in order to form his own idealized post-apocalypse over the course of four films. As each new film has attempted to take the series in different directions, these vivid ideas have run the gamut of visual motifs and societal ideologies to varying degrees of success. But none have come as close to the fully realized world within Fury Road.

    Not only is there attention given to fleshing out a…