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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★

    Part of my family is visiting town and they are big Abba fans as it’s been a very influencial band for them. Naturally they got curious, it being the premiere and all. They say it's the return of the "feel-good phenomenon". Well, I thought the first film was extremely cheesy with obnoxious moments and excuses to shuffle Abba's songs in an easy box-office draw. The three dads thing was the only part I found entertaining. So I got dragged to…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    If you want a friendly little movie to cheer you up, here it is. I can't help but to have a good time with an Ant-Man story. The character is sympathetic and pretty much a lighthearted everyday man who stumbles into excitement. It's designed to delight people with an optimistic, family-type vibe. I've seen some complaints saying that there's a lack of greater or darker stakes/consequences. I don't mind it in this particular series. The weight lies in the family…

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  • The Outsider

    The Outsider

    ★★★

    I've seen a lot of negative reactions to this movie, and I can understand the reasoning. The narrative approach goes a usual route and it's not so inventive as a whole. Yet I couldn't help but enjoy the experience somehow. It's easy for me to get drawn into this mysterious crime world in Japan. There are intriguing elements for sure, but nothing too surprising. You won't get an action film which appears to be what many were thinking. Turns out…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Have I ever been interested in sewing or fashion? No. Does romance or costume drama films interested me a lot? Not too often. But this film, "Phantom Thread", got my attention. If you are a cinema fan then the reasons may seem obvious. It's Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis re-teaming just in time for the 10th anniversary of "There Will Be Blood". I watched all of the PTA films in preparation for this one and I've noticed how much…