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  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    ★★

    Oh, man.

    Anyone who looks to this film as the bar for which all other Robin Hood adaptations have to measure up to should take a lap. Or maybe a few laps.

    What an unmitigated mess.

    "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" incorporates every bad trope, gimmick, and studio miscue that defined the issues with what would become 1990's filmmaking. It's a tonal mish-mash of bad, half-attempts at accents, uninspired sub-plotting, all-over-the-place character work, random-ass fish-eyed close-ups, and Bryan Adams music.…

  • Stuber

    Stuber

    ★★★

    Considering the trailers I saw, this movie has no business being as competently amusing as it actually is. But, alas, he we are. "Stuber's" admittedly shocking lack of failure stems mainly from the chemistry and inherent comedic talents behind the leads in question. Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani make for a likable pair, both bringing their trademark commitment and watchability to every scene, even elevating some of the film's weaker material into a realm where you can at least crack…

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    One of the more aggravating and confounding releases of the year, based solely on the fact that it's both a genuinely good movie in its own right and one that I don't necessarily think any of us needed. I definitely won't be alone in saying how perfectly I felt the franchise's third installment seemingly concluded things for Woody, Andy, and the gang, with any mutterings of a potential fourth iteration being met with unadulterated skepticism and even derision on my…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    "Hereditary" director Ari Aster follows up his 2018 stunner with "Midsommar," another twisted jaunt through the world of paganism and the occult. On a technical level, everything that made "Hereditary" so memorable is retained. The shot composition and camera movements are incredibly well-executed and vibrant. The effects are horrific and indelible. The acting is superb, featuring Florence Pugh's finest work to date. But what separates "Midsommar" from "Hereditary" is something a bit more intangible -- the stories vary too different…