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  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★★

    The songs are good and Michael Gracey's direction is legitimately cool--even unique and innovative at times--but the story's problematic af both structurally and content-wise.

    Structurally, it's over-reliant on shorthand to maintain its brisk pace and consequently unable to earn the emotional, 'showstopping' moments it keeps trying--and failing--to sell you.

    The structural problems would've been forgivable on their own if the way the story was constructed didn't present P.T. Barnum being helped by his troupe of outcasts after treating them like…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    Best Marvel Movie. 

    Nakia and Shuri >>>>>>

    The performances! The direction! God damn, it’s all so good!

    One medium-sized flaw — T’Challa completes his character arc and changes before the climax — but the rest of the movie is so good there’s no reason to care about such technicalities.

    The conflict the movie builds to is essentially a simplified version of the Malcolm X vs. MLK dilemma and it’s a phenomenal debate, both thematically resonant and properly character-driven. It’s resolved a…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Chazelle. Gosling. Stone. Just one teensy-tinsy narrative sour note. And one hell of an ending.

    Y'all have no idea how hard your world is about to get rocked.

    EDIT 12/2/16: Okay. Guess y'all have a pretty good idea.

  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    ★★★

    A classic. It's terrible in almost every way. But it's a classic.