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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    The latest Mission Impossible, which is somehow not called MI6 despite being the 6th entry in the series, is the closest the franchise has ever had to a direct sequel. Sure all of the movies are technically sequels of the first Mission Impossible, but much like the James Bond films the only carryovers are the characters and their penchant for saving the world. Or at least that’s what my friends who had seen the rest of the series told me.…

  • Strike a Pose

    Strike a Pose

    ★★★

    When all else fails and you long to be
    Something better than you are today
    I know a place where you can get away
    It's called a dance floor, and here's what it's for, so
    Come on, Vogue

    The lyrics to Madonna’s 1990 smash hit Vogue have an almost prophetic nature looking back on the lives of the people the Queen of Pop touched during her life. In Strike a Pose, filmmakers Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan turn their lens…

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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★½

    Say what you will about the sequins, the twizzles and the overly dramatic kiss and cry moments, figure skating is a marriage between sport and art that has no parallel. Watching athletes at the National Championships this weekend like Nathan Chen and Mirai Nagasu slide gracefully through the rink before spinning into the air to land literally on a razor’s edge is one of the most exhilarating spectator experiences out there. I, Tonya, a biopic about the life of controversial…

  • Whisper of the Heart

    Whisper of the Heart

    ★★½

    One of Studio Ghibli's slice of life films, Whisper of the Heart is Yoshifumi Konduo's first and only directing credit for the studio before his early death. Although its cover art would lead you to believe that Whisper of the Heart is a fantastical story in the vein of Spirited Away, the film is actually a real world coming of age film following Shizuku, a relatively normal junior high school student in the middle of her high school entrance exams.…