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Khoi has written 24 reviews for films rated ★★ during 2018.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★

    Lethargic.

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    Is wizarding as a soap opera an improvement over wizarding as bureaucracy? Watch this movie and find out (if you can stay awake).

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★

    On rewatch the plot and direction are no better. But Yates gets credit for casting an amazing array of faces.

  • The Grinch

    The Grinch

    ★★

    The question with these movies is how to make a slim picture book sufficient for a feature film. The answer here is to spread it out incredibly, incredibly thin.

  • Zatoichi the Fugitive

    Zatoichi the Fugitive

    ★★

    Rote.

  • The Fighting Sullivans

    The Fighting Sullivans

    ★★

    Flagrantly untruthful about how human beings actually behave, but also a little sweet.

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    ★★

    Charming performances and a penchant for Hughesian social ‘stakes’ can’t save this movie from its tepid plot twists. The characters never manage to get a step ahead of the audience, contributing to a tiresome undertow throughout the film. Also it’s egregiously unrealistic about race; despite the fact that it’s led by an Asian actor there’s not an ounce of authentic Asian-ness throughout. It shows that sometimes the cost of representation is that the thing that is represented becomes unrecognizable, or even absent.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    For those who care, a terrible choice: do you want breakthrough in representation or do you want a compelling narrative? So frustrating.

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★

    Surprisingly conventional for a long time, then just sloppy.

  • Night Train to Munich

    Night Train to Munich

    ★★

    Kindergarten level action and suspense.

  • Suspicion

    Suspicion

    ★★

    Dumb characters behaving dumbly.

  • A LEGO Brickumentary

    A LEGO Brickumentary

    ★★

    Basically a toy commercial—but for a very good toy.