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  • The Secret Life of Pets 2

    The Secret Life of Pets 2

    ★★

    Totally mediocre and forgettable. There's cute animals here and there to look at, though. That's always nice.

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★½

    A beautiful, deeply affecting movie about finding one's self in a changing kind of world that both is and isn't home all at once. Which sounds a bit less accessible than the movie actually is. It's a supremely watchable film, very well executed with some great cinematography and solid score, anchored by two fantastic central performances of some of the best friends you'll see on screen this year. I'm reminded a bit of last year's Blindspotting, especially given the Bay…

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Perhaps the greatest exploration of the true horror of war ever committed to film. No glory, no heroes, no victories, no purpose to the bloodshed. Just a dazed march into Hell. And yet the material is crafted so well, from the engaging cinematography to the nightmarish score to the increasingly shell-shocked lead, that you can't help but be captivated by every moment. Like a horrible fever dream, it draws you in and grabs hold of you, lingering long after the final images fade away.

  • Ghostbusters II

    Ghostbusters II

    ★★

    All the original components couldn't help this one. A fairly tepid retread of the first movie that occasionally gets a few laughs out, and by all measurable accounts should've gotten a lot more out. It's got the right look, the special effects are top notch (and have actually aged very well), and everyone really does seem to be trying their best, both in front of and behind the camera. But between making Venkman entirely too unlikable a jerk, filling in…