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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    It's not aggressively bad like most of the non-WONDER WOMAN modern DC movies are, but I can't honestly call it "good" either because it isn't. Setting aside the CGI-shaving of Henry Cavill for a moment because that's too easy a joke to make, it suffers from a lot of the usual problems: Zach Snyder doesn't know subtle allusions to save his life - here is a shot of a beggar with a sign saying "I Tried" because the movie thinks…

  • What Happened to Monday

    What Happened to Monday

    ★★

    WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THIS MOVIE: Some really decent action scenes. Tommy Wirkola has a knack for crafting a good-looking shot. The world is visually well-established and the general concept is fun. Noomi Rapace does her absolute level best to pull something out of a script that one could politely call "middling" and delivers some really good work, managing to distinguish seven versions of herself as distinct characters even when the script doesn't really bother to do the same (for…

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  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★★

    It's probably the single best Walt Disney Studios animated film (as opposed to Pixar) since MULAN, which is an odd thing to say about what is essentially a talking animal buddy-comedy, but it's true.

    Mostly this is because what the story is actually about is - and this bears stressing - racial profiling and intersectional racism. Yes, this is a talking animal buddy comedy which metaphorically discusses some of the most pressing and divisive social issues of our time, and…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★½

    I like this better than I like the 1971 version of the film for several reasons, most important of which is that Kenneth Branagh's performance as Hercules Poirot is excellent, far superior to Albert Finney's portrayal in the '71 (or really, just about any Poirot other than David Suchet), because Branagh understands that Poirot, at his core, is kind of weird; not unpleasant like a Sherlock Holmes can be, but definitely someone who ticks a little differently than most people…