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  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★★

    So glad I saw this with an audience. What a delightful take on the Little Mermaid.

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★

    Even while growing up in the 1980s, it still felt acceptable to idolize the great explorers, those men who had left civilization to venture forth into the more remote parts of the world. To discover new things. To fill in the maps and uncover everything on the planet. This romantic, uncomplicated ideal quickly becomes tarnished when one learns of colonialism and exploitation. And while writer/director James Gray doesn’t seek to restore men in pith helmets to a pedestal, The Lost City of Z certainly predisposes that there could be an explorer, more enlightened than his peers, and more well-intentioned.

    Full: cinedelphia.com/lost-city-of-z-review/

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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    ★★★★★

    An excellent adventure fable. The least complex Laika film to date, but no less rewarding. Gorgeous animation and a well-crafted story. It feels huge while being intimate.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★★½

    Is there anything more difficult to forgive than wasted potential? Suicide Squad is a fine movie. It’s not great, and it’s not awful. It’s not even the worst superhero movie from this year (that honor goes to X-Men: Apocalypse or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, the latter of which I actually forgot existed until I looked at the list of films I’ve seen this year), but it feels like it was very close to being something truly special. And that’s why it leaves a bitter feeling on the tongue.

    Full review: cinedelphia.com/suicide-squad-review/