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  • Cats

    Cats

    ★★

    Not as bad as the Lovecraft-referencing reviews would suggest, but still pretty bad. The VFX were obviously rushed but the biggest issue is Tom Hooper's direction, which takes a show which literally only has spectacle going for it and turns it into a movie that's mostly just kinda dull.

    The non-famous performers are pretty good and I feel bad that the VFX makes it look like they didn't do their own dancing.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The good:
    - C-3PO
    - Hyperspace skimming
    - Babu Frik
    - the bits where Adam Driver gets to act
    - the first line of the opening crawl
    - some quite nice shots and production design
    - Force Skype 2.0
    - "DEW IT"

    The bad:
    - just about everything else, from a deep foundational level on up, for a huge variety of reasons

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  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.

    "That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    People talk about films "packing an emotional punch", but never before has a movie made me actually feel physical pain from its emotional content.