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  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★½

    This one is really cute. It’s got something for little kids and something for adults too. Beneath the funny talking animals, kid-friendly comedy and witty script is a meaningful story about prejudice, intolerance, determination and self-acceptance. The metaphors are obvious, but they’re integrated in such a clever way that I never felt like I was being force fed or bashed over the head with the filmmaker’s message. Kudos to the writers for telling such a great story in such a…

  • The Legend of Tarzan

    The Legend of Tarzan

    ★★½

    I wasn’t too thrilled with this one. It had a couple of good moments and some impressive visuals, but the overall story is very scattered, messy, and also kind of hokey. I think the script tries to do too many things at once and the result is that it doesn’t do any of those things particularly well. I enjoyed the supporting cast more than the main saga. Both Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson give strong performances that are fun…

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★

    There is so much happening here. So. Much. Happening. It’s like the cinematic equivalent of trying to monitor a pack of hyper children amped up on sugar and let loose together in a small room. It’s difficult to notice the things this movie does do well when you’re distracted by the whirlwind of characters, plots, subplots, good guys, bad guys, more bad guys, cameos, and all-around complete craziness. Everything feels rushed, scattered, under-developed, over the top, and just plain messy.…

  • The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass

    It looks good. The visuals, effects, and cinematography are great. Unfortunately, those are the only good things about this movie. Despite having a great cast, the script is awful and the story is a mess: nonsensical, frustrating, littered with plot holes and clunky exposition, and a disservice to the source material. The movie’s ending is different than the book’s ending (in some ways the change was good, in others it was not), closing with a small cliffhanger setting up the…