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  • Minions: The Rise of Gru

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

  • Neptune Frost

    ★★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★½

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  • Minions: The Rise of Gru

    Minions: The Rise of Gru

    ★★★½

    The plot is barebones, and the moments connecting this Despicable Me/Minions installment with previous entries are light, clever, and don’t disrupt the flow—which is relentless. These are not movies for the easily over-stimulated. Each frame is packed with vibrant colors and erratic movement. The characters are made of rubber, and the decibels they emit are just a tick under a siren. But the whole package is as infectious as the Minions’ devotions to Gru and Gru’s innocent infatuation with super-villainy.

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  • Neptune Frost

    Neptune Frost

    ★★★★

    Writer/director/composer/rapper Saul Williams conceived Neptune Frost first as a graphic novel and musical in 2013, then as the studio album MartyrLoserKing in 2016, and now as a feature film with co-director and cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman. If that sounds like a twisty way to the big screen, it makes perfect sense in Neptune Frost. It’s a movie of many layers: Not all of them stack neatly, but none of them are boring.

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  • Rome, Open City

    Rome, Open City

    ★★★★

    Remember those old movies? The ones where a couple drives down the road, only they aren’t driving, they’re sitting in a car on some studio lot. And that’s not a road behind them; it’s a rear projection of road. Looks fake doesn’t it?

    Did this fakery bother audiences back then? Not in the slightest. Back in the 1920s, ’30s and even into the ’40s, movies were about beautiful people living in fabulous mid-city apartments, dressing glamorously, saying the right thing…

  • The Boxing Cats

    The Boxing Cats

    ★★★★★

    As far back as 1894, they figured out that cat videos were what the people wanted.