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  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    ★★★

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

    In terms of spectacle, there's certainly a lot to see in Watchmen. It was maybe even a little too gruesome for me at times. But I feel like I was missing some context.

    We got a little montage at the beginning of who these people were, and a legitimate backstory to Dr. Manhattan, but I feel like I didn't get a good sense of why all these folks are superhero vigilantes (or why they knew Manhattan). Maybe that's my ability…

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★½

    A truly great musical about the early days of our country, and some of our less discussed founding fathers. But I'd already seen that a few years ago, so let's talk about the filmed version.

    They did a really great job at keeping a good balance of being dynamic with the camera they now have, while keeping it true to the stage show. There were some great camera cuts and pans in there, plus some angles we would never get…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★½

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

    I definitely enjoyed this movie, but it also definitely had some flaws. It's no Force Awakens, but I think it holds up as a quality Star War.

    Making Rey a Palestine is such a retcon. It really makes The Last Jedi look a little silly. "I didn't lie to you about your parents… but your grandparents…". Yeah ok. I think it resulted in a cool scene where they needed to restore the balance.

    The festival was neat. The planet full…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★½

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

    Did Pixar need to make a fourth Toy Story film? No. Did they do a good job with it? Absolutely.

    They did a really good job at all the new characters, and were able to give another perspective on the life of a toy: what it's like willingly living without an owner.

    I feel like it could have used more in the way of settings. I really enjoyed the carnival and antiques store, but that was most of what it…