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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★½

    Incredibles 2 is beautifully animated, has several funny/exciting action sequences, and generally flows well as a comic-book adventure story. I couldn't honestly give it a thumbs down.

    But I also can't help but feel like it's missing some of the soul of the original movie and of the best Pixar entries. The first Incredibles very clearly positions itself as being a movie about Mr. Incredible reaching middle age and feeling obsolete; the super-hero story is otherwise very fun window-dressing. The…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    Well, that was something!

    Despite feeling like the ending is a bit of a let-down (not the final-act twist, but literally the last couple of scenes), I still found this funny and invigorating. It's a scattershot satire of all things capitalist, yet despite the kitchen-sink approach to thematic content, this seemed to me more cohesive than something like Putney Swope (the most obvious precedent). Boots Riley has a good eye and a solid handle on cinematic language. Definitely one to…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★½

    This movie isn't actually good, but it's still probably the second best of the DC Universe movies because it's at least marginally competent at storytelling. Yes, the villain is blah, the plot is literally about collecting three boxes, and there are too many new characters to keep track of, but at least you generally know what is happening and why. The heroes are kind of funny and endearing at least some of the time.

    The biggest problem has nothing to…

  • Baywatch

    Baywatch

    Wow, that was so much worse than I expected. No one seemed to know what kind of movie they were making, other than that it would definitely be very very sexist.