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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★★

    How do you make a film about one of the most famous figures of all time, whose name will never, ever be forgotten, but who was also a deeply private, tortured man so few really know anything about?

    How do you tell the story of a mission everyone knows the ending of, an image etched into the collective memory of our entire species, but which so few know the anguished, treacherous journey to, which is maybe just as important?

    How…

  • American Animals

    American Animals

    ★★★★½

    "The perfect heist is a work of fiction," but this comes pretty damn close to making the perfect telling of one a reality. Brilliantly scripted but even better and more dynamically directed- from the playful and energetic camera to the fantastic editing- with a great cast and a perfect tone that seamlessly goes from witty fun and games to deadly serious (as these crimes so often do in real life), this manages to be both an insanely entertaining story and…

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★½

    INT. MARVEL STUDIOS- DAY.

    KEVIN: Hey Dave, you whipped up those post credits scenes to set up Avengers 4 yet?

    DAVE: Sure have, Kev! People are gonna love 'em! By the way, what movie are these going with?

    KEVIN (pauses, blank): ...

    EXEC #3: Hey, what about Bug Boy? He hasn't shown up in a while.

    KEVIN (chuckles): People love Ant-Man! Such fun.

    DAVE: Genius! Another home run.

    EXEC #3: I like it. Do we have a story?

    DAVE (giggling):…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    ‪I didn't really see the need for a Han Solo movie when it was first announced, and like most prequels, that wasn't gonna change a studio eventually making it- but honestly, since we've got one, I'm pretty glad it's SOLO. ‬

    ‪For all the behind the scenes catastrophes, Ron Howard has stitched together an actually interesting story that somehow has some stakes and surprises, but what really makes Solo fly is the reverent exploration of Star Wars' grimy underworld (pulling…