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  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★½

    Perhaps overly writerly, but I was surprised how invested I became in director/writer Mike Mills' ruminations on the stories of our lives, how they all interact, and how those intersections may or may not matter in the end. Fine performances from the whole cast, especially Annette Bening, of course.

  • The Little Shop of Horrors

    The Little Shop of Horrors

    ★★★

    A fun, goofy little b-movie, even if the '86 musical renders this version as pretty much obsolete. Just on a story level, the Oz/Ashman adaptation is far superior (although I did quite like the ending of this one).

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  • Walt Before Mickey

    Walt Before Mickey

    ★½

    Walt Before Mickey feels more like a homework assignment than a meaningful film. Based on the early career of one of history's great visionaries, Walt Disney, Khoa Le's 2015 biopic is a disastrously tone-deaf "tribute." Le and writers Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez have succeeded in turning one of Hollywood's greatest underdog stories into a terminally dull affair that lacks the genuine emotion and passion that is so effortlessly integrated in Disney's own work.

    Before he became the most…

  • Shark Tale

    Shark Tale

    It has become a somewhat tired gag to poke fun at DreamWorks Animation's suspiciously familiar films. While the Antz/A Bug's Life incident was troubling (and The Wild/Madagascar and Despicable Me/MegaMind scenarios perhaps just odd coincidence), DreamWorks has since found their own voice, making films that may not be particularly good, but avoid such blatant bandwagoning. So one can hold up their nose at the studio's 2004 feature, Shark Tale, for its underwater setting which is clearly aiming to capitalize on…