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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★

    Uneasy, kaleidoscopic Hollywood fantasy through the eyes and ears of a drunk. Where does Fincher get those wonderful toys? Technical marvel.

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

    An affirming, achingly beautiful film. Riz Ahmed has it. Go get Paul Raci a supporting actor nomination, Amazon. More from Darius Marder please.

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  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    A fine little summer sci-fi ditty mixed with thrilling action and visuals but one too many paper-thin characters.

    Could use a slightly stronger lead, but Logan Marshall-Green deserves a lot of credit for carrying most of it with a physically challenging role.

    Whannell will stick around a while, I'll assume.

    Both encouraging and a little confusing that this is a wide summer 2018 release that didn't come out in August, but I'm not complaining about an original sci-fi premise dropped in the middle of an existing property wasteland.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

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

    I loved it!

    Expectations were pretty low only because, like many, I was disappointed the movie was happening at all. My hopes actually got higher once Ron Howard took over.

    Main issue is length, and I agree some of the fan service was a little much. I didn’t love how they named him Solo or when he told Chewbacca “you’re gonna need a nickname!” I really LOVED how Han and Chewie met, and I just thought Howard and the Kasdans…