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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★★★

    Flawless.

  • Missing Link

    Missing Link

    ★★½

    Beautiful animation and fun character design can’t quite save this one from being a tedious adventure story with damn-near no adventure.

  • Teen Spirit

    Teen Spirit

    ★★★

    A very familiar story and poorly directed performance sequences bog Teen Spirit down, but Elle Fanning’s performance is more than enough to lift it right back up.

  • Lenny

    Lenny

    ★★★½

    This is one of those films that I’d only ever seen in pieces. It loses some of the magic that I remember it having now that I’ve seen it in its entirety. Dustin Hoffman is still remarkable, though, and brings Bruce to life with the anger and energy for which he was known and the sadness and desperate need to be loved he tried so hard to hide.

  • Hellboy

    Hellboy

    ★½

    It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that it’s not really good… at all.

    With the exception of a rather fun fight between Hellboy and three giants, the action is forgettable and poorly shot. The characters/performances are unlikable, which is a shame, because the casting of David Harbour was inspired and could’ve made for a great re-imagining of the character. The humor is cringe-worthy and the shoehorned profanity is downright awkward. Then there’s the tone-deaf writing, which brings a plot…

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★★

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

    Unsurprisingly, this was a ton of fun. Tom Holland makes a fantastic Peter Parker (and Spidey!), and I love how they’re spending much more time with Peter Parker in the MCU rather than rushing past him to get to all the Spidey stuff. The MCU Spidey films are working equally well as teen comedies as they are as superhero movies, and I’m loving every second of it.

    Mysterio was fantastic. Not just a fantastic turn by Jake Gyllenhaal, but also…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★½

    This was significantly longer than it needed to be in order to be successful, but was still a gorgeously shot, never-ending nightmare. The constant dread stuck in my stomach for the entire running time. The production design was breathtaking, the world building rich and often terrifying, and the performances top-notch (especially Florence Pugh). Shorten most scenes in the second act and turn this into a 90-minute film, and you have an instant classic.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★

    The musical numbers are inventively and beautifully realized, with the Rocketman and Crodocile Rock numbers being two of my very favorite scenes of the year so far, period. And Taron Egerton is a powerhouse, bringing Elton John to the screen with a vulnerable honesty that’s as messy and larger-than-life as his subject. This is how you do a musician biopic.

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★

    A fun, heartwarming story of family.

    But aside from an enjoyable performance from Zachary Levi, it mostly did nothing for me thanks to messy direction, poor handling of tone and my never feeling any of these characters were ever in any legitimate danger.

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★

    Way, way too long. Burton & Co. stretched the story real thin, here, and by the time we get to the end we really just want it to end. Trim the fat and bring this down to 70-80 minutes and you have a delightful family film with magical effects, fantastic production design and some fun, over-the-top performances.

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★★

    The way in which Scorsese and Dylan transformed this from a documentary into a celebration of myth and music is breathtaking. In the moment, it’s often difficult to keep track of what’s real or not, but that’s totally the point of it all. When the memory becomes larger than life and the nostalgia for the idea devours the reality of the moment, legend becomes documentary and the truth is whatever you want it to be.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★½

    I never wanted a Toy Story 4. The ending to Toy Story 3 was nothing short of perfect, and was a beautiful farewell to these characters. I never wanted a Toy Story 4. But I guess I needed it, because damn, that was magnificent.

    Woody’s arc here is beautiful, and the way in which Forky lends heft to its themes is so emotionally rich and delightfully odd. But really, that can be used to describe this film as a whole……