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  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★

    More plodding and expository in it's second half than I recall, but still lush and full of humor and character.

  • 24 Frames

    24 Frames

    ★½

    Kiarostami's final act is a grueling digital and cinematic exercise. Designed for dodding heads, 24 Frame's surreal recreation of mundane scenes is less a movie than a collection of unassuming, clearly artificial scraps from the camera roll. It's filled with lots of fake birds and plays like a series of Spot the Difference games, but the clips are 2-3 minutes too long and often become a chore to look at. Know what you're getting into and it's a casual, low-effort way to rest up with a range of pleasant scenery; come in for an engaging movie and you'll be disappointed.

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  • Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    ★★★½

    To be clear, this film isn't supposed to break any new grounds. It probably won't fill you up with many warm, gooey feelings, and it will never try to surprise you. Every one-dimensional character in Mary and the Witch's Flower seems to be plucked from a Kindergarten children's book, and the humor plays off accordingly — loud and proud.

    The beautiful animation and scenery is wasted on bubble-gum backdrops. They never build up into a cohesive, lived-in universe, and our…

  • Colossal

    Colossal

    ★½

    Somehow, a film that starts off with a massive kaiju looming over Seoul manages to exemplify some the worst fetishes of action flicks and modern, self-aware TV romcoms.

    I appreciate Colossal's overall themes and intentions. I appreciate its commentary on the diverse flavors of toxicity in relationships, and its championing of the independent female spirit. But these intentions don't excuse its heavy-handed, pandering approach to expressing these themes, and they don't excuse its other numerous offenses, from awkward-sexy boy-girl interactions…