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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    A lot to admire here, although Chazelle arm's distance approach, in keeping with the reading of Armstrong, makes it a tough film to love. One the one hand, you have sequences of the movie that resemble an experimental film at points, claustrophobia and nausea inducing flickers and sirens, but on the other hand, you've got a narrative hook that clumsily sells an emotional angle I just didn't buy.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    I... did not expect to be so overwhelmed. Not so much by the contours of the familiar story, but by the performances - my god, they wrench every emotion from the material.

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  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★½

    Remember feeling frustrated by Captain America's awesome montage sequence, and wishing we could see it play it closer to real-time, or at least movie-time?
    Wonder Woman is that movie! The ratio of cool characters doing cool shit vs. "obligatory comic book mythology" is super high... But then the last act happens and nearly drowns the film, which had been one of the best superhero origin stories ever, in deadly dull monologues. ~15 minutes should've been trimmed from its 2h20m runtime. But see it - Diana is the absolute boss!

  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

    ★★★

    This has some pretty funny gags.
    I give it 3 giant blue pugs out of 5.
    Now Sony, will you please let Genndy make his Popeye movie?!