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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★

    Perfectly acceptable as a soundtrack while doing far more important activities.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    I think Drew Goddard thinks this movie and the time period and the trappings associated with it are all cooler than it really is. It feels self-indulgent, but, at least for most of the movie, in a good way, since the careful attention he gives to everything - character, story, setting, etc. - seems to radiate with a real sense of fun and enjoyment. But then there's the third act in which the movie flames out really really hard. Chris…

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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…