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  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★½

    But what really happened to the bees?

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★½

    A capital D drama, which is always going to be up my alley when it plays in to a feeling that almost seems like it would be at home on stage, but it’s the constant pull between the free camera and more formal rigor that mirrors so much of the inescapable internal conflict, one that reverberates through the ages even if all that we see is very much in a (not so distant) time. Can’t get over my aversion to brass and jazz in scores, but we can’t have it all.

  • Hearts Beat Loud

    Hearts Beat Loud

    Don't like this this perpetuates the myth that MPP is Anny Co's best work and also that "My Girls" is the best song on there.

  • Early Man

    Early Man

    ★½

    Is this Redmayne's best non-JUPITER ASCENDING performance???

  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★½

    There's this one kind of montage sequence that might be one of the best things I've watched all year.

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★

    Manages a number of different threads nicely, though most impressive in the way it strikes a balance between the personal and how that fans out to more universal conversations.

  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★★

    Paints in broad strokes the way one would expect, but the injection of comedy and music set it apart, giving Steinfeld all the room she needs to do the rest.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★½

    More like Medium Rarely Poppins, am I right?

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    Going in, one would expect this to be 'a success' if Clint's character was tone deaf in his racism and also if he sang, as those are the elements that made GRAN TORINO transfixing despite how terrible it is, and in the end there's less racism (though still plenty, because of course there is), but also way more singing than I expected.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★

    Give Juice WRLD an Oscar.

  • Never Goin' Back

    Never Goin' Back

    ★★½

    Takes 'the easy way' a few too many times, but when there's such a compelling central force I'm more than happy to spend pretty much all the time watching the two leads bounce off each other. Very much 'in my wheelhouse' and as such I took it a good deal.

  • Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

    ★★

    Not entirely the adaptation I wanted, but far closer to it than the Disney versions. The film doesn't entirely get at what makes the source material so wonderful, though it has a willingness to at least probe.