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  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★★

    When I was younger, for whatever reason I was obsessed with a film review website for Christian parents which cataloged anything in a movie that could possibly be considered inappropriate for children, and in addition to all the usual categories like sex and profanity there was this one called “imitative phrases”, which was just a list of things like “that’s gonna leave a mark” or “five, four, three, two, pizza!” or “I think my mouth just threw up in its…

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★

    I was really on board for a stylistically demented thrill ride, and the movie got there every so often, but there were also long stretches where I just wasn’t having all that much fun. It’s hard to put my finger on why, but it did sometimes feel like the hollow, dreary, vaguely sarcastic sludge of Suicide Squad had infected the movie, and the sequences that worked best for me were the ones where it managed to escape and go off…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★½

    At one point De Niro says “most young people today, they don’t really know who Jimmy Hoffa is, maybe they know he disappeared but that’s it” so thank you Mr. Scorsese for including me in your film

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★½

    Several of the new ideas are really smart, but all of the superficial elements imported from Part 1 are deployed with no sense of purpose except that they worked the first time, and for long stretches the movie just struck me as a charmless, awkward forgery of the original. Basically whenever Lord and Miller and team take a risk, it pays off incredibly, so let them