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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    Cliche as can be and I do not care one bit. What rom-com isn't? Super charming, and despite whatever cultural representation issues there may be with highlighting only the wealthy elite, it more than makes up for that by just existing at all with an almost entirely Asian cast. And oh by the way, they are almost all fantastic, but especially Constance Wu (who can be in every movie made for the rest of time as far as I am…

  • Creed II

    Creed II

    ★★★★

    With an outstanding origin story out of the way, the legend of Adonis Creed passes into the capable hands of director Steven Caple Jr. What every hero needs is a villain, and in CREED II Viktor Drago (son of the man who killed Creed’s very own father in an exhibition match) proves a worthy foil, providing a new overwhelming physical and emotional challenge that Adonis must face in the ring while simultaneously navigating major life events outside of it. Though…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    I almost clapped.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the best origin stories ever told. It fills in details for so much of a beloved character that you may be shocked they could cover it all. The action and adventurous tone make for one heck of an enjoyable movie experience and Ehrenreich importantly embodies young Han, growing into the character over the course of the film. Though some may find parts to be cheesy or unnecessarily connected to…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    The most shocking takeaway for me was that even in 1937 Hollywood was very self-aware of the culture it was forming and its cost on the identities and lives of those who dreamed to be a part of it.