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  • Kingdom

    Kingdom

    ★★★

    Historical fantasy is hard to execute. The genre demands a sense of scale in its worldbuilding and grandiosity in its storytelling in order to attract the interest of audiences looking to lose themselves in its characters and lore. Adapting these stories from another medium to film is always a high-risk, high-reward game. Successes like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones reign supreme in the pop culture zeitgeist, while failures like King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    Those crazy geniuses at Pixar did it. They made a fourth Toy Story that feels just as emotionally satisfying and provides a feeling of closure like the 3rd. A story you didn't know could be told but after seeing it feels like a natural coda to Woody's story. Beyond infinity stars.

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  • Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel II. Lost Butterfly

    Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel II. Lost Butterfly

    ★★★

    The second installment of the Heaven’s Feel films certainly lays on the feels. It’s possibly the most emotionally charged storytelling we’ve seen from anime installments of the franchise yet, dripping with dread and pathos. The film delicately walks a tightrope of uneasiness, giving viewers glimmers of light in the darkness before swallowing them into an abyss of misery by the end. It’s not always a pleasant watch, but it’s undeniably compelling. Even if you’re familiar with the Fate or Unlimited…

  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story

    ★★

    Really funny romantic comedy bolstered by great performances and a witty script. But it shows it's age in unfortunate respects - the uncle's sexual harassment of Imbrie is creepy and worsened by the fact he's never punished for it. Additionally, I don't buy that Tracy and Dexter remarrying each other is a good idea - it feels forced and tacked on to the end, and I'm sure it was because they needed to skirt around the Hays Code. It'd be…