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  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★

    A simple story, but very well-told. The setting and Polynesian trappings feel fresh and interesting, and offer some opportunities for genuinely breathtaking animation.

    But I find that the strongest part of it all is the character of Moana herself. There's nothing particularly interesting about her on the surface -- she's a new-age Disney Princess with a big heart, a big voice, and a bland enough personality for any little girl (or boy) to project themselves onto. Yet there's such a…

  • 50/50

    50/50

    ★★★½

    Cancer is a difficult subject to make a movie out of. If the filmmakers lean too far toward one tonal extreme, you get something that's maudlin and horribly depressing. If they lean too far toward the other, you get an overly sentimental weepy. It's rare that a movie approaches the topic with genuine sincerity -- and that's ultimately what this movie has going for it.

    It's not scared of tackling the darker parts of this kind of story, but it…

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  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    It never gets old.

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★½

    Here's the million dollar question: is trying for greatness and failing better than trying for mediocrity and succeeding?

    I personally think the answer is yes. As many grievances as I have with 'Batman v Superman' (and I have plenty), I could at least say that movie had ambition. It desperately wanted to be something special, something which could have broken the mould and might be remembered as one of the all-time greats.

    It of course failed, quite spectacularly in some…