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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★

    In a summer dominated by Disney's latest cash ins and mediocre sequels (I'm looking at you, Secret Life of Pets 2), The Farewell is a charming film about a Chinese-American's experience dealing with life's unhappy realities. The world has a way of reminding us of the temporality of the relationships we share with the people we are closest to: our differing cultures often cause us to quarrel and death frequently comes when we aren't prepared. These themes are at the…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★

    The problem with a live action version of a movie about talking animals is, well, animals don't talk. People like to see other people experiencing strong emotions - this is why over-dramatic clickbait on YouTube works so well. Animals can have a similar effect when they are animated with exaggerated and personified facial expressions. While the original Lion King excels at this approach, the 2019 Lion King ventures somewhere else entirely. It felt like all the animals were tased, causing…

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    Midsommar is so different than all that’s out there right now that if you come into it expecting a standard horror experience, you’re going to be disappointed. In the words of director Ari Aster himself, the movie is more dark comedy than horror and even a bit melodramatic in that it matches the outside world to the characters’ inner states.

    That is what Midsommar does best: it chases after a feeling rather than a distinct thematic idea. The movie uses…

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    I’m sure everyone was eagerly awaiting finding out what shape the MCU would take post-Endgame. How do you fill the gap that is left when many of your primary characters are killed off? I personally was expecting a bit more uniqueness out of Spider-Man: Far From Home, since Marvel hyped it up as if it would usher in the dawn of “a new era of superhero filmmaking” with its whole MCU Phase Four concept.

    If you take out the plot…