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  • Maya and the Three

    ★★½

  • Encanto

    ★★★★½

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • The Night House

    ★★

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  • Maya and the Three

    Maya and the Three

    I was very glad to see the talent behind The Book of Life come back for a do-over, because the original was disappointingly stilted and trite.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★½

    Let it be known that this is the only animated film I have given more than four stars.

    Encanto is a musical, literary, and cultural gesamtkunstwerk of "family entertainment" on levels that make prior achievements like Lilo and Stitch, Tangled, and Moana feel like rubber-hose Mickey-Mousing. It almost makes up for the hollow mess that was Frozen, and in some ways feels like a do-over with respect to feminism, familial relationships, individuality, and queer diversity. Somehow managing to be both…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    A moving reflection on the permanence of loss and learning how to rebuild--oh, wait, no, just the pedestrian magic of time travel and sarcastic self-referentiality.

    The biggest plot twist is that Black Widow was never an actual person. Just a sexy MacGuffin, really. Which, if you also accept that Iron Man was a soulless fuckbot means that Marvel didn't actually kill anyone off. We could have skipped the whole Thanos arc and the timeline would be practically unchanged.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    What even is a "blade," and why does it need to be "run?"

    2049 tried to ride the line between cerebral visual poem and action blockbuster, and it failed in both respects. In part, this is because the original Blade Runner concept is not as unique or interesting as it once was. "Do clones have souls?" was never a sound philosophical question, at least not as much as the oft-confused "do computers have souls?". It was fun in the '80s,…