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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★½

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “Nobody goes to Godzilla movies for the characters!” Such an oft-repeated refrain isn’t entirely without merit, to be fair, as what kaiju fan wouldn’t crave wildly entertaining monster mayhem over a quiet character study? However, there is so much more to director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters than just kaiju-vs-kaiju set pieces.

    What allows this film to both have and eat its cake is in its handling of the human…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    We begin in a tense waiting room in China before cutting back and forth to the bustling streets of New York City. Billi (Awkwafina) is talking long-distance to her grandmother 'Nai Nai' (Zhao Shuzhen) on the phone, a pleasant conversation that runs the gamut of perfectly hyperbolic grandmotherly concerns (Wear a hat so you don't freeze to death! Don't let anyone steal your earrings!) to relatable generational-gap avoidance (Nai Nai carefully hides the fact that she's currently waiting on a…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    What is it that we really want out of these DCEU movies?

    This was originally going to be a standard and straightforward Justice League review (fitting, for such a disappointingly standard and straightforward film), but instead I just kept coming back to that very open-ended question and how the answer, whatever that may be, may affect our perception of Zack Snyder's handling of the DCEU to this point - a tenure that, despite being set up as the main architect,…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "We are . . . Americans."

    It's 1986. Ronald Reagan is serving his second term as President of the United States. The Cold War is drawing to an unofficial close. Marketing for the charity fundraiser "Hands Across America" - ostensibly aimed towards fighting hunger and poverty - pop up on TV and even T-shirts.

    A fun-loving, yet somewhat reckless father takes his wife and young daughter to the Santa Cruz boardwalk for a night at the carnival. And because this…