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  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★

    I would like this much more if I were younger and still played Sonic the Hedgehog. Sadly, I haven't been young in years and lost interest in the little blue creature a long time ago. But it's good to have Jim Carrey back.

  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★½

    A little bit of Harley Quinn goes a long way. Too long. Far too long. While I respect Margot Robbie's commitment to the character, it's such a grating performance that I grew sick of it halfway through. The squeaky voice over, the self-referential humor, and manic energy just made me exhausted. It really wants to be DC's Deadpool, but whereas that series has an emotional relationship to keep the film grounded, Birds of Prey rejects that entirely. It's just non-stop…

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  • Philomena

    Philomena

    ★★★½

    Like the title character, Philomena is sweet, charming, sometimes funny, yet sometimes sad. While it's completely aware of the real world, it never wallows in negativity. Even at the saddest moments, Philomena never allows herself to succumb to cynicism.

    After a slow and meandering start, the film quickly finds its stride and becomes more interesting and compelling as it goes on. As unlikely as they are, Judi Dench and Steve Coogan make a terrific pair. The Oscar buzz behind Dench…

  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3

    ★★★★

    I've come to the conclusion that Toy Story is my favorite trilogy. It's almost pointless to pick a favorite because they're all so good. Each installment is great on their own, but put it all together and it creates this wonderful three-part story with. And the third ends it all with great respect and emotion. The only other trilogy I can think of that is consistently great is the "Before ..." series, but I grew up with Toy Story so I have to give it the top spot.