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  • Penguin Highway

    Penguin Highway

    ★★★½

    Pretty simple concept which we've all seen a million times: Annihilation as a coming-of-age story in an animated kids movie. With shape-shifting penguins.

  • Snatch

    Snatch

    ★★★★

    first time I've seen this in maybe 10 years. maybe not as funny and clever as it thinks it is, but still pretty fun. it's also a difficult movie for me to render a verdict on with any kind of appropriate critical distance, since it's associated with a time in my life when I was becoming a movie guy. like, this is my "fight club". anyway, I return to the "now, we are f*cked" freeze frame as a metaphor for the present political situation all the time.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    JJ Abrams helpfully put three metaphors for TROS into the movie itself.

    1) a scene in which a character combs through some ruins from the original trilogy in search of a macguffin that will lead to that trilogy's villain

    2) the reanimated corpse of the original trilogy's villain dangling from the strings of a giant machine, like a marionette

    3) a scene in which a character returns from beyond the grave to explicitly disavow his actions from the previous film

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Aside from the Star Wars Remixed philosophy, the other major problem with the sequel trilogy is their approach to their creative team. Either you have the same directors/screenwriters all the way through, in which case they can sort of make it up as they go along, or you can have different directors/screenwriters for each movie, but the basic storyline is outlined ahead of time. Maybe there's a reasonable explanation for the exquisite corpse approach they took, in which not only…