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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★★½

    Full disclosure: I have a cat named after Pikachu and I am a big fan of this franchise in its many forms, including the card game, video games, and its anime series. I think with any beloved property that is being adapted it’s important to consider the fandom (or lack thereof) of the reviewer, so putting my history out there up front for context.

    POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU is nearly everything that I wanted it to be. The visual representation of…

  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★★

    A true epic in every sense. One long sweeping story. No prequels or sequels or setups for a universe. Every element of Jackson's production is operating at the highest level. Truly wish that I would have seen this on the big screen. A terrible, terrible miss. I am excited, though, to dig into all of the supplemental material that Jackson films are accompanied with. I consider this a new favorite, and one of the best monster movies ever made.

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  • Battle at Big Rock

    Battle at Big Rock

    ★★

    What does it mean when I thought the home video style clips during the end credits were way better than the short film that preceded them? The little dialogue in the beginning was ridiculous and also made no sense at all, and Trevorrow has no idea how to shoot this franchise. There's zero sense of tension or feeling of awe. It's like a fast-forwarded, dumb version of a couple great JURASSIC PARK scenes re-made for cable TV. Definitely did not restore any hope for JURASSIC WORLD 3. Just made me more confident that it's going to suck.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★★

    What a weird, messy movie. It has moments of that charm and silly sweetness that I expect from Curtis but despite the leads being great on their own the romance is just kind of... meh? Music rocks, though, so at least it has that.

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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…