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  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★★★

    If you had told me when I was a kid that we'd be getting a live-action Sonic movie, I would have flipped out. If you had told me a year ago that said movie would be actually good, I also would have flipped out. Seeing two video game movies based on franchises I love and grew up with come out to positive reviews within a year of each other makes me so, so happy.

    This movie isn't incredible, but it…

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    ★★★★

    One of my favorite Christmas movies, and my favorite adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Michael Caine is perfect - well, singing and dancing aside.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Trilogies are hard. You have to tell a cohesive story over three installments, where none of the individual pieces feel inessential, while ensuring that each part stands on its own as a satisfying experience. This is all made much harder when you don't plan your story in advance. The Star Wars sequel trilogy clearly did not plan ahead.

    As a trilogy, it's pretty rough. Individual installments also each have their problems. The Force Awakens did an excellent job of introducing…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    It's so good. Knives Out is smart, multilayered, super funny, tense, timely, and thoroughly unexpected. The cast is great, the set decoration is beautiful, the writing is witty and sharp, and the story moved along quickly enough that I was never bored (save for maybe the first ten minutes) yet I could keep up with what was going on. The most fun I've had at the movies this year.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★★

    I'm not going to deny this movie has flaws. But man, I love The Phantom Menace. For every bit of clunky dialogue or mediocre acting, there's a beautiful piece of architecture, an incredible score, a thrilling and visually stunning action sequence, or a new detail that expands the Star Wars universe (not always for the better, but I digress.) Darth Maul! Podracing! Droids! So many great things. I also grew up with this movie more than any other Star Wars, so it holds a special place in my heart.

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★½

    Not a super interesting subject matter to me, but it's a very well-made movie with some good performances and truly thrilling race sequences.

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I loved the first half, especially Scarlett Johansson's performance. Then the drastic tonal shift happens, and I just wanted it to be over. It's incredibly difficult to tackle this kind of dark, heavy subject matter and try to balance levity and weight, and I don't think JoJo Rabbit succeeded. Still, a great overall cast with great performances and a pretty delightful first two acts.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★

    Second time viewing, first time on a decent screen. About as great as I remembered. Andy Serkis is amazing.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    Pretty good. A unique take on the Gotham mythos, with a good performance, great cinematography, and a great score. I didn't find the story all that interesting or compelling though, and while Joaquin Phoenix was great, it didn't feel like Joker to me.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★

    Absolutely still holds up.

    (Special edition extended cut on the "Skynet Edition" Blu-Ray)

  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

    It's been a long time since I've seen any of the Raimi Spider-Man movies, and while I don’t miss the trend of casting thirty-somethings as high school students, pretty much everything else about this first movie is still great. I’ve always loved the Spidey origin story, and I found Uncle Ben’s famous “with great power comes great responsibility” speech to be genuinely powerful and Tobey Maguire’s performance in Ben’s death scene moving. It’s also got some of the best swinging…

  • The Princess and the Frog

    The Princess and the Frog

    ★★★½

    Still not among my favorite Disney movies, but I liked it a lot more this time than when I first watched it like ten years ago or something. I liked the backgrounds in particular - this movie is gorgeous.