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  • The Call of the Wild

    The Call of the Wild

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Let me start off this review by saying that I have not read Jack Lownden's book, Call of the Wild, on which this movie is supposedly based -- this means that I may not have the same issues with the adaptation as fans of the book might. In fact, I had very few issues with this new adaptation, which features a fully-CGI dog (and other animals). Granted, I am a vegan and all-around animal lover who is a sucker for…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★★

    Birds of Prey (or whatever its title is now) is infinitely better [in a number of ways] than the abysmal Suicide Squad -- and, thankfully, that's larger due to part to Birds of Prey focusing on the best thing about that Avengers wannabe: Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. Harley is a far cry from the perfect goodness of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, star of the DCEU's other female-fronted flick. Robbie's Harley is foul-mouthed, impulsive, wild, and has somehow managed to obtain…

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★½

    I’m not sure if this movie was needed, seeing as Toy Story 3 ended so terrifically that it seemed like the end of the toys’ stories (see what I did there?), yet it’s hard not to love seeing Woody, Buzz, and the others yet again — and supposedly for the last time.  I grew up with these movies, having been only seven when the first one was released in 1995.  And, like the franchise’s characters, I’ve grown considerably.  The fourth…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    It only took months and months, but I finally saw Parasite, the movie that everyone has been talking about -- and now I see why it has started so many conversations, garnered numerous accolades, and ended up on a plethora of Best-of-2019 lists. It is hard to describe to those who have not seen it, and I am glad that people have kept the twists secretive. The less you know about it, the better. Boon Joon-Ho, who directed the fascinating…