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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★½

    You know in South Park how there’s the “brown note,” a secret tone that when you hear it you immediately shit your pants? I feel like Pixar has found the “clear note” that makes you cry.  I swear with this film and a few of the latest Pixar pictures I was not at all wholly invested but by the end at the perfect moment I felt a single tear run down my cheek. Something is going on there. 

    This movie…

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    ★★★★

    Absolutely beautiful. The animation, design, story. Half of this movie was nonverbal, just the dragons purring and flying. It was mesmerizing. What a wonderful send off for the series. 

    De Blois has given these movies such heart there is so much visible love here. Many animated films are throwaways, even some of the recent Pixar outputs, but this was magical.

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  • The Commitments

    The Commitments

    ★★★★½

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

    Soul to the core. Loved it. Wish Wilson woulda made it.

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★½

    Magic. Everyone’s voices were superb and the songs were well orchestrated into an interesting and unexpected musical. Was first put off by the weaving rehab narration and fantastical embellishments but it grew on me.  

    Q&A with Taron Edgerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard, & Dexter Fletcher in the Arclight Cinerama Dome.