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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    Contains some beautifully compelling depictions of loss and grief. Completely brilliant use of Whitey on the Moon. The space stuff, for whatever reason, did just about nothing for me.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    The fact that this film is basically about the two main characters’ devotion to their respective mothers is what ultimately won me over. Also, Awkwafina.

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  • Walt Before Mickey

    Walt Before Mickey

    ★½

    Walt Before Mickey feels more like a homework assignment than a meaningful film. Based on the early career of one of history's great visionaries, Walt Disney, Khoa Le's 2015 biopic is a disastrously tone-deaf "tribute." Le and writers Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez have succeeded in turning one of Hollywood's greatest underdog stories into a terminally dull affair that lacks the genuine emotion and passion that is so effortlessly integrated in Disney's own work.

    Before he became the most…

  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland

    ★★★½

    At last, Brad Bird's mystery box has hit theaters. Director of three of the best animated films of all time (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille) and the best Mission Impossible film thus far, Bird has proven himself as an extraordinary talent in the filmmaking world. Tomorrowland is the latest addition to his sterling filmography, which inevitably fails to meet the standard set by Bird's animated films, but is on par with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Suffice to say,…