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  • Missing Link

    Missing Link

    ★★★★

    Not as strong as Kubo, but this really deserves more attention than its getting.

    Exceptional animation. Well told story. Humor gets a little grating, but the upsides overwhelm it.

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★

    I was hoping that Warner/DC was taking a different tone with their superhero films. And they did. And they took it too far. The comedy aspect of the film wears out its welcome very soon after Shazam shazams into the picture. Don't get me wrong, I like Zach Levi, but I can only take so much tightening of lips and jaw straining as an acting choice to convey "seriousness" or "thoughtfulness" or "concern" or "sadness" or "guiltiness" or "fearfullness"

    And,…

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  • Sanjay's Super Team

    Sanjay's Super Team

    ★★★★½

    Wonderfully simple story and so heartfelt. A story about a generational and cultural divide, bridged to make a new, reconciled whole.

    Pixar is always top notch in every category. Animation, art direction, lighting, and effects. But most of all, story. And this short is no different.

    I was able to catch this at SIGGRAPH here in 2015 during a Renderman presentation. As a story on top of the story, it was said that Sanjay's directorial debut came after 20 years…

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation

    ★★★★★

    No one can truly understand the experience of civil war in Africa unless one was there. Beasts of No Nation could be closest we may ever come, and indeed would want to come to it.

    Director/Producer/Cinematographer Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective Season 1) carries us through the story on the shoulders of young Agu, who loses his family during a civil war and ends up with a band of rebels/freedom fighters who end up being as atrocious as the…