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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★½

    Go read Alex Mullane's review in Frame Rated, as it's pretty spot on. It's such a shame they were making at least two different kinds of film here and everyone in the cast had picked a different one. That said, there were some exhilarating effects and I laughed heartily throughout; sometimes I was even meant to.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★

    A solid three-star effort with a staggeringly good performance from Luke Evans balancing out a disappointingly reserved turn from Emma Watson. Full thoughts appearing at www.mokuska.com later today (07/03). Warning: includes a good deal of gushing about the late Howard Ashman.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    In Civil War, the Russos have built on a strong foundation to produce what is unquestionably one of the finer examples of a superhero ensemble movie that we’ve seen yet. Their power lies in something deceptively simple yet often missed in blockbuster franchises which is telling a story: thoroughly, engagingly – above all, emotionally. 

    The First Avenger stretched the origin story out in a way that no other MCU film has – think of Tony’s suit building that’s practically a…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    You could be forgiven for assuming that Damien Chazelle has a particular focus on making films about music. In fact, what his blistering debut Whiplash and La La Land actually have more closely in common is that they’re both about commitment and conviction. Which is mildly ironic, as there’s not a lot of that in evidence in the latter.

    Is La La Land a musical or an homage to musicals with occasional musical numbers? Is it about following your dream,…