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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★

    Equally weird are the aesthetic choices the film makes. The character designs for Lumière, Cogsworth, and especially Mrs. Potts feel uninspired and rote. Can we make a candlestick move and talk and seem like it exists in 3D space? Sure! Let’s do it! But making them “realistic” reduces their relatability. We’re seeing them as animate objects, and while the story can try to justify it by saying they are on a ticking clock (in this version, the servants will become…

  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★★

    I was really impressed by this movie. It could have been cutesy and vaporous, but it actually has a decent amount to say. It has a firmly optimistic outlook on the street cats of Istanbul, but it drove home the connection people have to the cats, and how that brings them closer to their humanity, to God, and their community.

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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/