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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    There’s some to like about this, in terms of making the story feel more authentic through the locales and casting. The addition of supernatural elements like witches and chi, though, unnecessarily takes so much agency away from the characters. 

    Whereas in the animated version, Mulan is a good soldier because of her perseverance, here she’s basically Harry Potter. The end result is a story that’s far more removed from any sense of reality than a story that has a talking…

  • An American Pickle

    An American Pickle

    Do not waste your time. Embarrassingly bad.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★★½

    Captures the monster well, but moves too fast after the start of the Iraq War, ultimately failing to spend enough time on the consequences or active evil of the second term. Still worth a watch, but could’ve been more.

  • The Good Liar

    The Good Liar

    Didn’t think I’d like it, but enjoyed it all the way through. Particularly appreciated the soundtrack despite its simplicity.