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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★½

    We've reached a critical mass -- of sorts -- when it comes to these live-action remakes of Disney classics. I wish I could say that I have a hot take on this one, but I'm going to have to echo a lot of the points already being made by other filmgoers. Yes, the technology in play looks incredibly photorealistic. No, "photorealistic" is not synonymous with the word "aesthetic." Not always, that is. Yes, these are some pretty convincing-looking lions. Yes,…

  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    ★★

    Oh, man.

    Anyone who looks to this film as the bar for which all other Robin Hood adaptations have to measure up to should take a lap. Or maybe a few laps.

    What an unmitigated mess.

    "Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves" incorporates every bad trope, gimmick, and studio miscue that defined the issues with what would become 1990's filmmaking. It's a tonal mish-mash of bad, half-attempts at accents, uninspired sub-plotting, all-over-the-place character work, random-ass fish-eyed close-ups, and Bryan Adams music.…

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    One of the more aggravating and confounding releases of the year, based solely on the fact that it's both a genuinely good movie in its own right and one that I don't necessarily think any of us needed. I definitely won't be alone in saying how perfectly I felt the franchise's third installment seemingly concluded things for Woody, Andy, and the gang, with any mutterings of a potential fourth iteration being met with unadulterated skepticism and even derision on my…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★

    A project tailor-made for the likes of Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan" dives deep into the depths of obsession, psychological dilapidation, and moral intrigue by tracking one woman's descent into madness, darkness, and Tchaikovskian ballet. Speaking frankly and honestly, I was only decently taken by the film for the first two-thirds or so. It's dark and compelling, but -- much like the qualms levied towards Natalie Portman's Nina Sayers throughout those portions of the film -- I felt as though something…