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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★★½

    Full disclosure: I have a cat named after Pikachu and I am a big fan of this franchise in its many forms, including the card game, video games, and its anime series. I think with any beloved property that is being adapted it’s important to consider the fandom (or lack thereof) of the reviewer, so putting my history out there up front for context.

    POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU is nearly everything that I wanted it to be. The visual representation of…

  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★★

    A true epic in every sense. One long sweeping story. No prequels or sequels or setups for a universe. Every element of Jackson's production is operating at the highest level. Truly wish that I would have seen this on the big screen. A terrible, terrible miss. I am excited, though, to dig into all of the supplemental material that Jackson films are accompanied with. I consider this a new favorite, and one of the best monster movies ever made.

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  • The Kings of Summer

    The Kings of Summer

    ★★★

    Has its affecting moments for sure, but the whimsy at times was just too much for me. Really great score/soundtrack and Nick Offerman is his typically amazing self. I like it more than I don't.

  • Wild Rose

    Wild Rose

    ★★★½

    Much of this story about a talented singer chasing stardom feels familiar, but WILD ROSE differentiates itself in both setting and specifics. Rose-Lynn, played brilliantly by Jessie Buckley, is an ex-convict navigating a return into the lives of her two young children while desperately clinging to her dreams of going from Glasgow to Nashville to become a professional country music artist. It’s in the fractured, complicated relationships Rose-Lynn has with her children and her fed up mother that WILD ROSE…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    The most shocking takeaway for me was that even in 1937 Hollywood was very self-aware of the culture it was forming and its cost on the identities and lives of those who dreamed to be a part of it.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    I almost clapped.

    Solo: A Star Wars Story is one of the best origin stories ever told. It fills in details for so much of a beloved character that you may be shocked they could cover it all. The action and adventurous tone make for one heck of an enjoyable movie experience and Ehrenreich importantly embodies young Han, growing into the character over the course of the film. Though some may find parts to be cheesy or unnecessarily connected to…