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  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★½

  • Turning Red

    ★★★★½

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    ★★★

  • Judgment at Nuremberg

    ★★★★★

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  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★½

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

    There's much to enjoy in Taika Waititi's new MCU movie, Thor: Blood & Thunder (a/k/a Thor 4). It's visually brilliant, at the very least, and Waititi carries on with some success his droll fun-poking of the literary realm of gods and superheroes from the previous installment, Thor: Ragnarok (a/k/a Thor 3).

    That is part of my problem with this film. While Waititi has mostly avoided the most common sin of sequels (taking what worked the first time and focusing solely on…

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★★½

    What an incredibly delightful and fun movie. While the "teen rebels against adults trying to force them into conformity" trope is a hoary one, this film breathes some fresh air into it, with splendid animation and wonderful turn-of-the-century boy band music.

    That some pearl-clutchers decided to focus with horror on the movie's references to a girl getting her first period, I have to assume their real anger is over that trope, of a teen choosing to make break from family tradition and find their joy in their own path.

    A fine, fine film. that I would recommend to anyone.

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★

    The first of the Bond films, it suffers a bit in lacking some of the series trademarks (even as it establishes others), but Connery makes a nicely brutal 007, the giant sets are giant, Andress is the classic prototype Bond Girl, and there are plenty of shootings and flirtings and blowings-up of stuff.

    The only significant misstep is the casting of Joseph Wiseman as the Chinese titular character; Wiseman does a fine job, for the limited opportunities he gets, but even for the period it's surprising to see a "yellow-face" cross-racial cast like this.

  • Ice Station Zebra

    Ice Station Zebra

    ★★★★

    Submarine Porn with a Cold War twist.

    No, really -- this film is one of the last out there with a run length (2:30) that let them justify an overture / entr'acte / exit music thang, but it does so by padding out the tense Cold War conflict (the book was written in 1960, the movie produced eight years later) with gobbets of authentic submarine dialog, submarine activity, submarine pictures, submarine this-and-that, all to an exciting and swelling score.

    The…