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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    Hey this was bright and breezy and colorful and just funny enough. SUCH PRODUCTION DESIGN! Jazzy, lush score. Attractive leads and characters I would easily spend another movie with. It doesn't reinvent the romcom wheel (in fact it hews pretty close to the usual formula) but I very much enjoyed it for exactly what it is: extremely attractive rich people with family drama.

    Also the most gorgeous, insane wedding decorations I've ever seen. God, was it a breathtakingly AWESOME-looking wedding, WOW.

  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★

    It had some lovely moments, and at times I liked its overly melancholy tone. But it was also SO melancholy and desaturated, so I'm conflicted. The adult-relationships are a bit thinly-sketched, the plot is surprisingly "Hook," and not everything works. But it's got a good heart, the Hundred Acre Wood feels very REAL, the characters are impressively animated, and there are some interesting treatments of the "world" which I think are interesting. It's tough to be mad about seeing Ewan and Hayley.

    Jim Cummings doesn't get enough recognition for his fantastic vocal work, but his line delivery as Pooh *MAKES* those lines work.

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★½

    I wasn't expecting much, but this was still a little thinner than I'd hoped, possibly due to (1) two separate timelines so you spend very little time with any one character and (2) lower-tier ABBA songs so not all the numbers really stick. It's perfectly pleasant, but I wanted a bit more punch (or punchiness); a bit more zip.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    I was deeply UNinvested for the first 30 minutes, but eventually it found traction and I dug in. Once it gets going, it's a great action film: crazy set-pieces with a real sense of thrust and intensity, and some great long camera work to really show off what's going on. It builds and builds, and there's definite payoff. The score sounds like the Mission: Impossible theme run through Inception's "Mombasa" and that's not entirely a bad thing, and serves the film well.

  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

    ★★★★

    Well this was a completely unexpected delight. I was unfamiliar with Teen Titans (never seen the show, or read the comics) but this was a hilarious send-up of Hollywood's current obsession with superhero movies. The music is catchy, the animation is super fun, and all in all it's a great time.

  • 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.)

  • Half the Picture

    Half the Picture

    ★★★

    Required viewing. Excellent interviews.

  • Tab Hunter Confidential

    Tab Hunter Confidential

    ★★★

    Informative & enjoyable. Editing & score are a bit clunky, but minor critiques of a solid, well-sourced bio-doc.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    Fun! Enjoyable low-stakes, with great characters and fun times.

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★

    Extremely well-made doc that shows how none of the rest of us are measuring up.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★½

    I am impressed & thrilled how much I enjoyed this. Darker, more colorful, more horrific. Deep shadows, Gothic choir, rain-spattered windows in a mountain mansion, and dinosaurs on the loose. Enjoyable popcorn flick.

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★½

    Enjoyed it! Gorgeous lighting. Bird really knows how to direct interesting & original action sequences. Cool/creepy villain. Would love another one.