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  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★★

    It’s not good, but the problem isn’t that it’s bad—it’s just such a waste.

    With good intentions (and not as much hubris as is suggested early on) Xavier makes a mistake raising a young Jean Grey and helping her work through a horrific trauma in her childhood. When the truth comes out as an adult (or something, the characters’ ages and timeline across movies are vague), the sense of betrayal pushes Jean away and she lashes out against her adopted…

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    ★★★★

    Mixed feelings here. 

    It started out slow and inconsistent, feeling like the obligation of the first movie’s success. 

    But it started growing on me by the halfway point—wait, this movie is only half over!? I thought things were picking up and it was going to wrap up sooner than it did.

    It did still turn out to be good. I like it. It’s also too long and uneven, so I don’t recommend it without reservation. But I also personally still…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    This is among the most beautiful animated films I’ve seen, funny from start to finish, and I think it draws from comic lore and embraces all of its silliness without making that an obstacle to new viewers.

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    Yeah, never have twins. Or goats.