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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    "Luca never dares to go too deep underwater, too far, or too complex. Were it a different director or voice in the studio’s roster, only then would it be cause for concern. However, Enrico Casarosa is certainly a diamond in the rough, his unique storytelling angle leaving plenty room to splash down hard, move freely through its 95 minutes, and accomplish an ending most bittersweet, just like the end of summer itself. Hesitations aside, that finale, after what our accidental…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★½

    “Even with the desire to be many things at once (witty and wicked will do fine), Cruella still pulls off something different for Disney’s live-action strategy moving ahead. And different can be great, when done correctly. And in melting away the cartoonish traits of such a notable screen baddie to make them a tad more human in real life, doing things differently proves worth the challenge it creates on its own volition. Despite a script delivering much more than it can initially promise, Gillespie and his cast make a fair big-screen venture out of what would otherwise be fine at-home viewing.”


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  • Wish Dragon

    Wish Dragon

    ★★★½

    Much more whimsical and wholesome than I ever would’ve expected out of an SPA feature relegated to Netflix. It doesn’t come anywhere close to the utter brilliance of Mitchells, but it left a punch to the gut and a goofy grin on my face nonetheless. A gently spun upside down take on the standard Aladdin formula, its heart derives not so much with the modern day lower-middle class outcast (a role filled with an exuberant warmth by Jimmy Wong), but…

  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

    ★★★½

    Absolute badasses who could craft songs of longing, of atmosphere, and of celebration in their sleep if they wanted to. This docu captures that real flying spirit too well, even if speedruns through the slightly lesser relevant career benchmarks to keep focus on their 60s/70s critical peak. 

    Still find it hard to believe disco had to die at a goddamn Sox game of all places.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    What we have here is the lighter side of Quentin: not too dark, not overly violent, not one to rely so heavily on the motifs he has built over his previous films. It’s uncannily funny, nearly autobiographical, a poignant self-reflection of why film mattered back in the day. However, it’s a little easy to forget the whole Manson connection, and that’s fine. It’s nothing more than a mere footnote in a thick, hazy Los Angelenean backdrop. As such, Leo and…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    Now this... this is how you honor a legacy well built. With compassion for great characters, a story for the ages, an epic final battle, a musical score destined to nest in the ears, and an honest reminder of exactly why we cared for this universe in the first place. It’s all here, it’s a bit overwhelming at times, unashamedly fanservicey, but a magnificent feat that doesn’t much surpass its predecessors as it does paving the course for the future.…