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  • The Witches

    The Witches

    ★★★½

    Watched this in honor of the late Nicolas Roeg. I'm kind of glad that I didn't watch this movie when I was too young because I think I would have been traumatized. The puppetry courtesy of the Henson workshop is fantastic and Angelica Huston is clearly having a ball playing one over the top villain so overall the movie is pretty darn good although any kid watching this would need a steady diet of kiddie horror at the Tim Burton or Dark Crystal level to be OK with this.

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

    Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

    ★★★★½

    A great film in its own right, despite (or perhaps because of) its pulpy material. This film is made up of great image after great image and the visual compositions are always dynamic and interesting to watch with, of course, Meiko Kaji's intense presence to give these images their weight.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie (until freakin' Stan Lee's cameo of course) and that was so welcome. It's an incredible, beautiful vision of Black empowerment and influence, but it's also complex and influenced by current knowledge and issues. It also manages not to be didactic and gives us some of the best staged action scenes in any Marvel movie. A big studio like Disney should not be afraid to let artists have their voices heard, and this is proof.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    ★★★

    Oof. This movie was a mess. It seems as if it wants to be a high concept sci-fi fantasy film yet also a personal, human drama, and it didn't really execute either very well. It's very easy to rip on this movie, but it has a good heart, and some godawful people are going to say this is the example of what the excesses of an sjw would do. I applaud DuVernay and the rest of the creative forces to…