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  • The Prince of Egypt

    The Prince of Egypt

    ★★★½

    Impressive. A fantastic opening/prologue. Well-made, solid, and interesting. Most of the animation holds up pretty well. Some questionable casting, but it mostly works. I'm still impressed this got made.

  • The Director and The Jedi

    The Director and The Jedi

    ★★★½

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

    Making a Star Wars is a FUCK TON of work.

  • Spielberg

    Spielberg

    ★★★½

    A fascinating look at the man, the history of his career, and his influences. Truthfully, it's really well put together but my three complaints are that:

    (1) it doesn't always move chronologically and I sometimes felt a bit lost on which-film-came-first, which isn't a big deal, but sometimes left me wanting or wondering what-influenced-what

    (2) Honestly, I wish this was a 3-or-4-part series, because there's a lot of ground not covered that I bet would still be very fascinating to…

  • 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.

  • Matinee

    Matinee

    ★★★

    A weird mix at times & very Dante. But also very enjoyable, with some legit great elements, a good cast, and I appreciate its love and affection for schlock B-movies.

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★½

    Bananas, in the best way. Artistic, inventive, and with an insane amount of world-building. The choices are bold and don't always work (Mila Kunis is bland as heck, and Eddie Redmayne has devoured everything in sight), but it's certainly A VISION with great ideas and grand aspirations. It's really a shame we'll never get another one, because I think there's a lot to love and great places these characters could be taken.

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★

    You know exactly what you're going to get after the first 2 minutes, but the film delivers beautifully on that expectation. A teenage coming-of-age, coming-out story that's been covered in a million indie LGBT titles over the years, but this proves the formula is still emotionally effective when given a big-budget, Hollywood studio shine to it.

    You've almost definitely seen this before -- the "groundbreaking" element is that it's being released into major theatres, by a big studio -- but…

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    ★★★

    A surprisingly faithful adaptation of the "unfilmable" book that actually improves on many of the plot elements, providing them some relevancy and streamlining the story. It's firmly aimed at CHILDREN, though, so it's often simplistic, very straightforward, and lacking subtlety. But it's beautiful, and bold, and a great source of positive representation.

    I think it's definitely flawed and odd (a lot of this is due to the book itself, IMO), but I dig what it's trying to put out into the universe.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★

    Still an impressive achievement with wonderful parts to it. It's super funny, very touching, and hits close to home. But ultimately, it doesn't satisfy as a whole, for me.

  • The Dark Crystal

    The Dark Crystal

    ★★★

    An astounding amount of creativity and imagination on display. A thin plot & characters hinder it from rising higher, but damn if it isn't an impressive achievement with some excellent world-building.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    Creepy & beautiful. Interesting score. Well scripted, acted, directed. Great sound design. I wasn't a huge fan of the cinematography.

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★½

    Fun! Well-made with a smart script, enjoyable cast, some neat visual ideas, and strong direction.