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  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★½

    Pretty much what I expected, but still very enjoyable. I'm a big fan of movies that highlight the quirkiness of living in the south, probably because I know what it's like myself. This is most entertaining when it's just characters talking and hanging out; the entire cast is really well-suited in their roles and I'm happy to see Shia finding a new rhythm. The relational dynamic is pretty moving on its own merits. When the movie tries to be "plot-driven"…

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★★

    I have some quibbles with the cinematography and overall direction, which could have been more encapsulating and done a better job with the geography and character of its setting - and there might be one too many reversals in the third act - *but* this is easily some of the most fun I've had this summer. I'm glad we're writing thrillers and horror with smart protagonists now, and that's helped a lot by casting great leads like Samara Weaving too. Oh and the ending is iconic.

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  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★★★½

    If you've seen The Iron Giant, The Water Horse, How to Train Your Dragon, ET: The Extraterrestrial, or any other variation on the "kid befriends beast" premise, you've seen this movie pretty much beat-for-beat. But yet, Bumblebee works. And bizarrely, the movie doesn't work *despite* its familiarity and cliches and simple plot-structure; it works *because* of it. The only word you can use to describe a film like this is "charming", because that's what it is. Hailee Steinfeld is charming,…

  • The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

    ★★★★★

    Reading the negative reviews for this movie on Letterboxd just further prove to me that this site's community is a cynical, sad, broken Hellscape.