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  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★★★

    I’ve been describing this as greater than the sum of its parts: the plot follows a pretty conventional blueprint for Hollywood biopics; Pharrell shows up on the soundtrack and does Pharrell-y things; Kevin Costner, for some reason; visually, it’s okay.

    But, goddamn: the history. The cast. (My sweet lord, the cast.) The whole movie radiates a warmth and a power I wasn’t expecting, and one I found downright moving.

    I haven’t felt grateful to a film like this in quite some time.

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★

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

    This was, I have to say, the strongest ensemble piece Marvel’s produced to date. The Avengers had a better script, but was visually inconsistent; 2 Avengers 2 Ultron staggered under the size of its cast and a murky script, but, well, hey, James Spader. Civil War’s a much sleeker product, balancing old and new members of the roster alike. (A few favorites: I thought Chadwick Boseman was perfectly cast; Paul Rudd and Tom Holland steal every scene they’re in.)

    Despite…