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  • Space Jam

    ★★

  • Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

  • Trainwreck

    ★★★★

  • High Flying Bird

    ★★★★½

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★★

    Over the last several months, my brother and I rewatched every Walt Disney Animation Studios movie in chronological order. I ranked them all to celebrate Raya’s release.

    Read my full article here! And let me know your personal faves in the comments!

  • Small Axe

    Small Axe

    ★★★★★

    I wrote about my top 20 of 2020 on my website — read the full list here! And I also wrote about the best non-2020 movies that I watched for the first time this year — that list is here.

    Small Axe, as a complete project, topped my list of 2020 wide releases because it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s a gorgeous encapsulation of the beauty and the struggles of West Indian life in London. Not…

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  • Space Jam

    Space Jam

    ★★

    This thing has tremendous watchability as a bizarre cultural artifact and as a ‘90s time capsule. As a movie, though, it’s pretty flat. I remembered the Looney Tunes’ zaniness and chaotic energy being a much more powerful factor than they actually are — the animated sequences are strangely static, with a couple of great exceptions. As for the live action segments — Bill Murray is pretty funny in his limited supporting role, but Michael Jordan has almost zero screen presence…

  • Jungle Cruise

    Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

    For better or worse, this feels like a blockbuster that was produced and promptly forgotten in a basement in the summer of 2004 — it has a superb swashbuckling energy, relentless banter, a punchy James Newton Howard score, spotty CGI, memorably creepy villains, questionable cultural depictions, and a surprisingly in-depth mythos that make it feel right at home with Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, and Sahara (and presumably The Mummy and Tomb Raider, though I’ve never seen either of those all…

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    If you don’t think Sal is a racist, you should probably rewatch this movie. His climactic use of racial slurs can’t be chalked up to a lapse of judgement. He repeatedly clarifies that he only tolerates black people because they haven’t done anything bad to him, and because they provide his livelihood. His respect for the black community is entirely conditional and transaction-based — as soon as his “terms” of respect (essentially not having any major negative encounters with any…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    Despite a great cast and an intriguing premise, The New Mutants is a lifeless gallery of clichés from both the superhero and horror genres. Combine It and X-Men, then strip that combination of anything remotely worthwhile, and you get this movie. The paper-thin characters don’t even have interesting powers, save for Anya Taylor-Joy’s Magik, who has a strange combination of several abilities that make absolutely no sense together. And there’s basically no story to speak of. Nothing happens for 90 minutes and…