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  • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II

    ★★★★½

  • Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

  • The Tomorrow War

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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  • The Tomorrow War

    The Tomorrow War

    How did this screenplay get greenlit?! McKay shows some promise with the effects and composition, but this plot is absolutely nonsensical. Right from the beginning, when the future warriors show up during the soccer match, Chris Pratt's character says out loud, "Is this a joke...?" This pivotal moment was conceived and executed so poorly, I was wondering the same thing. I haven't seen a story this baffling with a budget this large since Artemis Fowl.

    And as much as I…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    Amidst its dopey instincts and cumbersome screenwriting, Old is able to capture both the horror of adolescence and the dread of middle age. This is nowhere near as sharp or as clean as Shyamalan's early work, but this is wild and exciting and fun. You would expect his work to focus on a third-act reveal or on "gotcha!" jump scares—trademarks of his filmography for decades—but this time, he has turned the mirror on the audience, making them reflect on their…

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  • Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II

    Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II

    ★★★★½

    I don't usually log miniseries on Letterboxd, but this deserves your attention. This six-part "making of" documentary is shockingly transparent about the bumpy creative process behind one of Disney's flagship properties. It might not be quite as scathing as The Sweatbox, which Disney has since tried to bury, but there is uncharacteristic frankness about the difficulties of crafting a story for Frozen II.

    The problems with the final film still remain, most of them at a foundational narrative level, but watching this will make you appreciate the thousands of hours of work from hundreds of hands. More featurettes like this for other movies, Disney!

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

    Disney is going for something old-fashioned and adventurous, yet while Johnson and Blunt have the star wattage and energy to get them there, the script isn't tight enough and the direction is inconsistent. This is fun, but sloppy.

    Serra is a director I usually like, but his visual sense is swallowed by this digitized world. Choosing to give the creatures and settings of the Amazon a more cartoonish look could work, but the live-action characters are almost never composited into…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    This will never be anything short of jaw-dropping, an action film that will likely remain unsurpassed for decades. It's miraculous enough that this movie was made. What's more astonishing is how uncompromised Miller's vision is—a two-hour, visceral, hot-blooded car chase that never for a moment grows exhausting.

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★½

    This is Wilder's best comedy. The script is as funny as it is insightful, probing into the longing and loneliness of these characters without ever making the story feel dreary. This is both sad and hopeful, sometimes in the very same moment. The chemistry between Lemmon and MacLaine is instantly recognizable, and both of them handle the snappy dialogue of the screenplay with ease. The Apartment feels like a picture made by someone in complete control of their craft, and Wilder certainly was.