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  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★

    Good to see DeBlois relying on silent sequences again a la the first (two absorbing Night Fury bits in particular, one reminiscent of WALL-E), plus giving Hiccup tangible thrust towards his growth, something the second one manufactured rather than earned. Yet the baddie remains a mua-ha-ha cardboard similar to Drago, though he keeps the stakes refreshingly personal compared to the latter's warlord bombast.

    The action's fine enough, bouncing between quick-cut destruction and sublime long-takes of the gang's creative take-downs --…

  • Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    ★★★★½

    One year later... still the ultimate love story. Some of the editing isn't as taut as I remember, or maybe my lazy-Sunday syndrome is seeping in ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Regardless, Murnau never underestimates the power of the face, and puts his Heaven/Hell parallels to great use (I can see what inspired Pinocchio here), pulling off a seamless blend of the wrenching and Chaplin-esque, with human & beast alike, without losing sight of the timeless struggle at its core. I find the film boundlessly…

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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★½

    Uhm, Brad......you OK? 😬

  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★

    Movie night with mis padres!

    The same pandering lionization you remember it being, but there's enough merit in its visual aesthetic & central performers to dodge total shunnery. At its best, Figures boasts solid workplace tension from Ms. Henson's discriminatory struggles and works wonders from its trio's distinctive charms. At its worst, Melfi fails at simple emotional arcs, throws in a contextually needless romance, and reduces its themes to lip-service speeches, preaching to the choir without earning it.

    A rock and a hard place, film-picking is, when Father can't bear black-&-whites, and R-ratings overwhelm Mother.