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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★

    Pixar doing Pixar things in creating another enjoyable dish of fantasy animation. There is a whole lot of good but not much that comes off as great (except when it comes to the beautiful final act of this film) which isn’t a big knock but does keep Luca from the outside looking in at other premier works done by the now legendary studio. The focus on Italian culture is a big winner which weaves itself into the costumes design, characters, world building,…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★

    “I am Cruella. Born brilliant, born bad” 

    If the expectations are set on seeing Disney taking a darker tone with one of their storied characters, be prepared to have the rug lifted from under your feet.. Cruella spends much of its time conflicted with what it wants to do with its iconic antagonist that features a wild and exceptional at times performance from one Emma Stone. Benefits are found in the awesome costume design that I’m sure will be taken advantage of…

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  • 12 Angry Men

    12 Angry Men

    ★★★★★

    Surgically brilliant in every aspect which makes a timeless American film. Henry Fonda may be the “star” but this film is a team effort with not a single wasted minute of performance and dialogue. Prejudice, biases, ignorance, and truth are debated in one room breaking down the American criminal justice system in complex parts that feed off one another in the judgement of a person’s freedom. The value of human life as handled by 12 ordinary men lays down the…

  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    ★★★

    When I first saw this in theaters, I will admit that I had an immediate bias against this film due to the sudden change in scenery and the lack of recurring characters. The realization flooded over that this immediate shift in the series was a good thing in helping to bring together culture/undiscovered segments of the racing scene to the mainstream. Admiration for this film’s willingness to put the franchise first instead of the expectation of the fans in branching…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    Joker is a shake up to the comic book genre that will reverberate and makes its impact felt for the foreseeable future. Holds up a grim and disturbing microscope to the current divided state of unrest that is infecting our present day. Todd Phillps is not asking you to be sympathetic for the Clown Prince of Crime; he shows us the ramifications of a broken society on the invisible and less fortunate who need than just medications to feel something…

  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    Hollywood needs to go to rehab to cure the addiction of cranking out simple minded films about slavery. Disturbing to find that “trauma porn” is beginning to become more mainstream as every year we find a new film that wants to revisit the horrific system of slavery. Anyone with a sense of history knows about the usual cycle of African Americans  being branded, beaten, shot, stabbed, raped, tortured, and exploited throughout history. Frankly from my view of things, enough with…