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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★

    My expectations were low going in, as I haven't thoroughly enjoyed a Tarantino film since "Inglourious," but this was still a disappointment. The narrative is surprisingly thin and tedious, and the superfluous banter falls far short of QT's previous gems. Sure, it's a great-looking ode to old Hollywood but the film industry scenarios are generic, making the jokes obvious. The three stars are for Brad and Leo's charm and talent. I wish they had a more unique and complex script.

  • Hotel Mumbai

    Hotel Mumbai

    ★★★

    While the true story isn't unique, the film is unflinchingly brutal and an impressive debut for the director -- his assured style and the cinematography are the clear standouts. Unfortunately, the characters are paper thin so the emotional impact is muted.

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  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Holy crap, what a gruesome nightmare event. Riveting storytelling with great style, excellent cinematography, an otherworldly soundtrack and strong performances across the board. This docudrama deserves all the awards. Every single one.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★

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

    This film will certainly create new Queen fans, but why fabricate a plotline using a clichéd rockstar movie template when there's a true story that's uniquely interesting? Freddie Mercury isn't Dewey Cox. He didn't betray the band by going solo (Roger and Brian did solo projects years before Freddie did; and Roger assisted Freddie's solo effort); the band never broke up; Live Aid wasn't their swan song; etc. Freddie is a one-of-a-kind music icon with an R-rated journey. His legacy deserves more than this sanitized cookie-cutter PG-13 crowd-pleaser.