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  • Trail Mix-Up

    Trail Mix-Up

    ★★★½

    Plus 1/2-star for obliterating Mount Rushmore.

    At two disappointing shorts, Trail Mix-Up finally starts to edge into the territory of cartoon sex and violence Who Framed Roger Rabbit hinted at. Sadly, Disney and Steven Spielberg are too afraid to fully commit to these bits and the result is a few scattered moments of greatness amidst a series of fun but unremarkable gags. The best of the trilogy but that's sadly a low bar.

  • Helvetica

    Helvetica

    ★★★½

    Seeing people get legitimately upset as they defend how much they either adore or despise the Helvetica typeface is a testament to the power of the documentary film.

    Its pinpoint approach ensures Helvetica will hold little appeal to those without a design background but director Gary Hustwit's unmatched enthusiasm for his source material ensures his target audience will be satisfied. And for a feature-length documentary about a font? That's some solid work.

    Hustwit skillfully assembles a cavalcade of experts and…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    RANKINGS: 2018 | Mission: Impossible

    The Mission: Impossible franchise consists largely of a series of increasingly complex studio-funded suicide attempts by Tom Cruise and I'll be damned if it doesn't make for one of the most memorable action franchises in history. With the exception of the lackluster second entry, nearly every single one has been better than the last. Fallout is no exception and is very likely to go down in history as one of the greatest action films of…

  • Selah and the Spades

    Selah and the Spades

    ★★

    RANKINGS: 2019

    There is a very good film hiding somewhere in Selah and the Spades but this isn’t it.

    The first thing that becomes apparent when watching this film is how desperately it wants to be a woke Mean Girls. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Very few comedies have understood high school quite as well as the 2004 classic, but the primarily straight white focus makes it not quite as timeless as it could be. Woke Mean Girls…