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  • The Transformers: The Movie

    The Transformers: The Movie

    ★★★

    Hadn't seen this since I was a kid in elementary school so I basically remembered nothing. Guess we know what Michael Bay watched to craft his vision for the live-action series, huh? I do love the rock 'n roll aspect of this with its never ceasing soundtrack. The film is essentially just one gigantic action sequence, at times totally badass and at others completely incoherent. Narratively, this sucker is all over the place, but the film was built to stand…

  • The Hero

    The Hero

    ★★★½

    Wonderful supporting performances from Laura Prepon and Nick Offerman supplement career-best work by the legendary Sam Eliot. This story of an older celebrity having cancer, a fractured domestic life, and fading career all at the same time doesn't feel particularly new, but a few character choices make it interesting, even if they don't feel entirely realistic. Haley blends small comedic moments to provide levity with the more potent melodrama to create an overall very sweet character study.

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    The most shocking takeaway for me was that even in 1937 Hollywood was very self-aware of the culture it was forming and its cost on the identities and lives of those who dreamed to be a part of it.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    I almost clapped.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the best origin stories ever told. It fills in details for so much of a beloved character that you may be shocked they could cover it all. The action and adventurous tone make for one heck of an enjoyable movie experience and Ehrenreich importantly embodies young Han, growing into the character over the course of the film. Though some may find parts to be cheesy or unnecessarily connected to…