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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ½

    Just watch Total Recall (1990) and look at anime wallpaper instead.

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    Bad; boring

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  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★

    It may have the look and feel of a CW superhero show but Shazam! has a surprising amount of heart, and the turn towards "fun" is a welcome one after all the decidedly not-fun DC movies (Man of Steel, BvS, Justice League, Suicide Squad).

    The kids are actually very endearing, and thematic arcs based around found families, and how those in positions of privilege and power (cis straight white men) can best overcome society's ills by elevating those less privileged…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    This is a beautiful, thoughtful, introspective movie about our roles as both deliverers and recipients of toxic masculinity. The vastness of space between father and son is a metaphor for the emotional distance between them. Yes it's another "sad dad in space" movie but one that actually cares to grapple with the cost of the "brilliant but distant father" trope. The physical journey to the edge of the solar system is matched by the internal journey of understanding oneself and the lessons that have been internalized through inherited trauma, learned behaviours, and societal reinforcement.