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  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★

    Not bad, but I'm left confused as to who the intended audience is for this. If it's for nostalgic adults, then the final-act hijinks feel too childish and silly to satisfy them. If it's for kids, then the middle section seems way too talky and abstract to hold their interest. If it's "fun for the whole family," then well . . . it's also not all that much fun. It's competently executed, to be sure, and the effects work is…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★

    Possible unpopular opinion: I think Captain Marvel is a lower-tier Marvel entry. Why? Because it's an "origin story" for the MCU's first lead female superhero that doesn't actually tell you very much about the lead female superhero. The movie leaves you with very little sense of who Carol Danvers was as a person, so the drama of her origin doesn't land.

    I don't think it's the actress's fault; Brie Larson has shown that she can do plenty of emoting when…

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    I understand that the casting of the leads isn't that great and that the use of white actors in the Puerto Rican roles looks bad to modern eyes and that not every scene is perfectly exectuted, but whatever . . . as soon as one of the many brilliant dance numbers kicks into high gear it brings tears to my eyes, every time. Has group choreography ever been shot and edited this well?

    I was also struck this time by…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★½

    This movie isn't actually good, but it's still probably the second best of the DC Universe movies because it's at least marginally competent at storytelling. Yes, the villain is blah, the plot is literally about collecting three boxes, and there are too many new characters to keep track of, but at least you generally know what is happening and why. The heroes are kind of funny and endearing at least some of the time.

    The biggest problem has nothing to…