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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill

    ★★★½

    My daughter Daisy's seen a half-dozen Studio Ghibli films, so she turns to me near the end of FROM UP ON POPPY HILL and says, "This one doesn't have any magic in it." Then I said one of two things to her in response, either "You're right." or "Well, they sure made that incest business disappear, yeah?"

    I love the fact that Miyazaki the Elder and Miyazaki the Younger made an animated film centering on that well-trod children's movie theme…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    *shrug*

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★½

    I was in no way prepared for how bad this movie is.


    And yet it was still preferable to watching the Super Bowl.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    Docked a half-star for the digital bastardizations of two human faces.  If I wanted to see a video game I'd play video games.  It smacks of a dearth of filmmaking imagination.  Think of how much more effective the end would have been if you'd only seen Leia's back and heard her voice.  It's an even better alternative now, post-Carrie Fisher's death.