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  • Baywatch

    Baywatch

    ★★★

    It's not very good, but it made me laugh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • The Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War

    The Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War

    ★★★½

    A live-action sequel to Oshii's marvellous Patlabor 2: The Movie, The Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War is simultaneously also very much a complete retread of its predecessor, with predictably diminishing returns. The result is a movie that feels a bit half-hearted, and never quite manages to rise sufficiently above its meager pretensions. At the same time, however, the original story it's rehashing and relentlessly throwing out callbacks to is so excellent that enough of the old SV2 magic manages to…

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill

    ★★★★

    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    ★★★★

    Essentially Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd, The Hunger Games makes the leap from the pages to the big screen with the majority of the details intact. Sticking so closely to the source material means that the movie also shares the novel's strengths and weaknesses.

    First and foremost, Katniss remains an interesting, reluctant rebel character (Jennifer Lawrence, excellent), while the rest of the cast of characters veer more towards simple archetypes, sometimes wrapped in colorful costumes, sometimes not. The dystopic…