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  • Pinocchio

    Pinocchio

    ★★

    This isn't actually the story of a naughty little boy but a tale of what a neglectful dad Geppetto is. I didn't like this as a kid, and now I realize why. It's nuts!

  • Doctor Dolittle

    Doctor Dolittle

    ★★★½

    I watched this back when it came out, and I'd forgotten just how PG-13 it is!

  • Lady and the Tramp

    Lady and the Tramp

    ★★★★

    I like that the beginning is just a movie about what it's like to own a puppy.

  • Darby O'Gill and the Little People

    Darby O'Gill and the Little People

    ★★★½

    Starts out slow, but gets pretty good at the end. The banshee and death coach are super scary.

  • Tangled

    Tangled

    ★★★★

    Good songs, decent story. Maximus the horse is funny.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

    It was fine.

  • Virus

    Virus

    ★★★★½

    Watching the 2019 Malayalam movie Virus a year after its release and several months into a new, unrelated global pandemic, the film seems like an unheeded warning. Had I watched when it released last summer, I’d have known what the initials PPE stood for, well before the first American reports of shortages of Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare providers.

    Virus is a fictionalized account of a 2018 outbreak of Nipah virus in Kerala. The film was conceived and completed quickly,…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★

    The performances were good, but watching The Favourite made me wish I was watching Love & Friendship instead.

  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★★½

    An Australian mercenary is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of an Indian drug lord in Extraction, a Netflix Original action movie that stars some well-known Hindi-film actors opposite Chris Hemsworth.

    Full review here.

  • Bhangra Paa Le

    Bhangra Paa Le

    ★★★½

    Though bhangra features in plenty of Hindi movies, it’s rarely the only dance style performed. Not so in Bhangra Paa Le (“Let’s Do the Bhangra“), director Sneha Taurani’s debut film, which is all bhangra, all the time.

    Full review here.

  • Baaghi 3

    Baaghi 3

    The trailer of Baaghi 3 promises “One Man Against the Whole Country.” Could we be in for a biting commentary on the Assad regime in Syria? Of course not. Baaghi 3 is a brainless film with no intention of challenging its audience — except in its willingness to stay until the end of the movie. At showing I attended, I was the only one who did.

    Full review here.

  • Panipat

    Panipat

    ★★

    Panipat: The Great Betrayal — director Ashutosh Gowariker’s attempt to cash in on Bollywood’s current historical action flick trend — is a slog.

    Full review here.