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  • Battlefield Earth

    Battlefield Earth

    ½

    Possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    Charming, beautiful, funny, heat-warming, exciting, and pretty much everything else one can say about every other Wes Anderson movie. It's an early contender for best animated film of the year, and is just a wonderful delight of a movie. It's something new for Anderson, but done in his unmistakable style, leaving no question as to who the creative mind behind it was.

    As for the controversy of cultural appropriation, I acknowledge that it's an issue but defer to more qualified commentators who have described the situation with more clarity than I can manage.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    The best and boldest of these since "The Winter Soldier". The most original and imaginative since "Guardians of Galaxy". And while time will tell, this may have more impact on the blockbuster landscape than any movie since "The Avengers". It's an instant masterpiece and it deserves all the success it is having.

    If Ryan Coogler was one to watch before, he has officially arrived. Keeping your artistic and political voice within the confines of the Marvel Studio is no easy…