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  • Belle

    ★★★★½

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  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★★½

    Narratively audacious and visually wondrous, writer-director Mamoro Hosoda’s animated tale “Belle” is also a hard movie to pin down — because it’s part cyber-thriller, part high-school romance, part musical, part fantasy and part serious drama.

    Hosoda (“Mirai”) starts by introducing us to U, the biggest app in the world — a portal to a cyber realm where a person’s biometric data translates to an avatar who reflects the best parts of one’s personality. Among U’s 5 billion registered users, by…

  • Frogs

    Frogs

    Oh, mercy, this was awful. But fun for those looking to see how many ways a movie can get young Sam Elliott to take his shirt off.

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  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★½

    With the third installment of their collaboration putting Peter Parker onscreen, actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts work a good amount of magic in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” — thanks to the borrowed cache of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and past iterations of the famous wall-crawler.

    To get everyone up to speed without spoiling anything that isn’t in the marketing campaign or in the previous films, a recap: Peter Parker has been outed as Spider-Man, thanks to the vengeful…

  • Miss Americana

    Miss Americana

    ★★★★

    There’s a scene early on in “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” that shows this won’t be another movie-length home video of a pampered pop star.

    It happens on the day in 2018 when the Grammy nominations are announced. Swift is on a couch, on the phone to someone — presumably an agent or a publicist — who delivers the bad news that Swift’s album “Reputation” did not get nominated in the major categories. (Ultimately, it received just one nomination, for pop vocal album but lost to Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener.”)

    Read the full review at sltrib.com: www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2020/01/24/sundance-review-miss/