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  • The Muppets

    The Muppets

    ★★★½

    Still holds up as a successful reboot. Super-sad that this didn't re-jumpstart a new series of Muppet films, as it's got some wonderful elements to it. Almost cried laughing at the chicken song-and-dance number.

  • Puzzle

    Puzzle

    ★★½

    Good performances, gorgeous cinematography. Pretty standard indie-film story-points, but definitely still enjoyable, due to its cast. (Fun surprise: we've been to the game cafe in the film!)

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  • The Spy Who Dumped Me

    The Spy Who Dumped Me

    ★★★

    The story plays out exactly how you think it will, but the performances sell it. Kate McKinnon is a goddamn international treasure. There are enough jokes that land, consistently throughout that it's easier to overlook some of the parts that don't work as well. Entertaining, silly, and I would totally watch a sequel. (The score is serviceable, but completely forgettable which is a huge shame, but par for the course for Bates.)

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★½

    Overall, to me it felt jam-packed but often empty. There are moments I liked, often in the real-world, but overall it just felt like something I'd seen before, but better elsewhere. Strong direction (especially during an early chase scene), a good Silvestri theme, and some lovely lighting. It's fine but not something I need to return to or would recommend rushing out to see.

    Maybe I'm just tired of movies about cis white guys being the main characters in a "save the world, get the girl" plot? Whatever the reason, it just wasn't for me.