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  • Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

    Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

    ★★★

    Why is it when you need a horde of Pokemon to possess, there's always a bunch of MEAN looking ones handy? A bunch of rock and poison and electrical Pokemon are always there to be mind controlled so you can try to kill Ash and his buddies.

    Why can't it be where the only Pokemon close by when the god-type Pokemon wants to do this shtick are a bunch of Squirtle or Butterfree? Awfully convenient if you ask me.

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★½

    It suffers from all the problems of the average Marvel movie, which is to say it has good MOMENTS, but is even more forgettable, bland, safe, and reeking of Joss Whedon's obnoxious "vision." All the interesting ugliness of Batman v Superman is gone, save for an opening credits montage that feels like one of the few things left over from Zack Snyder's version of the movie. After that bit and an interesting Wonder Woman scene that should have been the…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Gosling's character makes a big huff about jazz-- a dynamic art that has changed and morphed many times over the years-- and how it's dying. Never mind that the notion that jazz being on the verge of dying is fatalistic bullshit, despite this supposedly lingering fact, his character is also staunchly bound by tradition, despite the people he holds up as idols NOT sharing that sort of attitude. He cares more about who sat on a stool than he does…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    When we try to come together, what we REALLY do is just redraw the divisions by which we identify ourselves. Thing is, it's said divisions that make us individuals. Our desire to be one with each other is at odds with our desire to be "me." Once you lay down the things that comprise your identity, you're also saying "other peeps are not that," and that will keep us from ever REALLY understanding one another. The only thing we CAN…