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Old June 1st, 2019, 11:14 pm
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Little - Painfully bad. It was a struggle to sit through it, it was so bad. There were a few funny moments, but mostly it was just tedious. It just missed on so many levels. 2/10

Us - well made, pretty scary. The metaphorical interpretations I have read do not fit well at all, but that is what others say about it, not the movie itself. There are, however, so many things that make no sense unless it is taken as an attempted metaphor rather than an internally consistent narrative. Still as a horror movie, it did the trick, and you almost always have to suspend a lot of critical thought with most horror movies. 6/10


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Just saw A Silent Voice recently. It's a very good movie. The animation and cinematography are very well done and the movie is very moving. I give it an 8/10.


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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World--a beautifully animated, worthy end to an excellent movie series. The voice acting is excellent again, the character development is good, John Powell's score is awesome as usual, and the story, although not breaking any new ground, is well done. The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless, as always the core of the series, continues to show an organic progression, leading to a satisfying, albeit bittersweet conclusion. The whole Dragon series has been fantastic, and I highly recommend the entire trilogy as quality entertainment.
Finally got to see that and liked it pretty well. Might have to give it another watch though sometime. Loved the conclusion and how things turned out for them. It gets a solid 7/10 from me overall.


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Stuber - better than the reviews made it sound. We have seen the genre 100 times - overly macho guy gets trapped into going through a bunch of stuff with overly wussy guy, and macho guy learns to be more sensitive and wussy guy learns to be more assertive and/or physical. It plays out well on-screen. The reviews however had to hit it as 'toxic masculinity being tamed' - blah blah blah. Such verbage is poison, but that's not the movie's fault so - 5/10

The Hustle - not good at all, barely tolerable. At least the plot and execution hung together, so that at least puts it ahead of Little (see above). 3/10


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The Lost Boys

Finally saw it and really liked it. It's a good vampire movie. 8/10


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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker--so I should mention that I liked the prior two movies in this current trilogy to start, so I'm inclined to like the ongoing story of these characters as well as the conclusion of the characters from the original trilogy. I'll also limit what I say to avoid spoilers as much as possible. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. The return of the Emperor (which is not a spoiler, since the advertising already let that secret out months ago) is, in my opinion, not a fantastic idea, but since they decided to go that route, they do a decent job with it. Some of the pacing is a little rushed, and there's a few things that happen that seem a little extraneous, but nothing that's terrible. I wish we could have seen Leia's story play out as originally planned, but unfortunately, Carrie Fisher's death upset those plans. Having said that, they do a good job incorporating Carrie Fisher's old footage from The Force Awakens into the new film, and the effects work blends well into the new film footage. Rey and Kylo Ren are the heart of the story, so the stories of Poe and Finn are definitely secondary, but it's fun to see the whole new core trio in action together for the first time in the trilogy. Poor Rose, after a fairly prominent role in The Last Jedi, gets barely any screen time in the new movie. There's tons of Easter eggs from all the prior movies in the Skywalker saga, as well as some fun cameos. Elements from the Star Wars TV shows (Clone Wars, Rebels, and The Mandalorian) are all briefly included; if you're not familiar with those shows, it won't ruin the movie, but knowledge of the TV shows will give a richer movie experience. John Williams' score--well, it's a John Williams Star Wars score, so really, what needs to be said? The movie isn't perfect, but I think that overall, it's a good ending of the Skywalker saga. It's fun, well-acted, and well made. I don't love all the story choices they made, but nothing's going to "ruin Star Wars" for me the way some of the more (shall we say) excitable members of the fandom complain. I'm glad I saw it, and I'm sure it will hold up to the repeat viewings that I'll undoubtedly give it in the future.

Frozen II--again, trying to avoid spoilers, so not too much detail, but here we go...this was an epic sequel to the first movie, with a nice expansion of the world-building of the first film. The animation is amazing, and the voice acting is once again perfectly done. I like the new songs, although they seem a little less classic-Broadway and a little more influenced by pop songs and more modern theater shows. I don't think anything is going to rise to the ubiquity of "Let it Go" (which may be a good thing if you're one of the people who thought that song was overplayed to death), but they're all good both on straight musical merit and on advancing the story through the songs. The character development is good, and nothing seems to be significantly incongruous to the earlier film (or the two shorts, Frozen Fever and Olaf's Frozen Adventure). Overall, this is a satisfying continuation of the Frozen story, and I'll definitely be watching this again in the future.


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Just saw "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood". I'm so glad I didn't miss this one. When I went in, I was wondering how Tom Hanks could ever convince me he was Mr. Rogers. By the end, it was a bit of a jar when they put some footage of the real Fred R in.
The story is great. I had a little trouble with what I assume was a dream sequence - maybe 3/4's through. It just didn't quite match with the rest, but it did advance the story in an efficient way. The constant going back and forth between "real" sets and the "Make Believe" sets I found lots of fun.
Score borrows lots of tunes, some of them FR's original music. (You know he was an accomplished musician, right?) Anyway, lots to like.


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Shazam--this movie was a lot of fun! Zachary Levi and Asher Angel did a great job playing Billy Batsom, and Jack Dylan Grazer plays Billy's best friend/foster brother Freddy Freeman with a lot of heart and humor. The movie presents what I would imagine is a realistic portrayal of how a teenage boy would react to the sudden acquisition of superpowers, and it's a lot of fun watching the boys discovering the various abilities that Billy has as Shazam. The movie is also a pretty nice portrayal of a foster family, with sympathetic foster parents and foster siblings; it was nice to see a positive portrayal of fostering. Mark Strong does his usual strong work playing the villain with appropriate menace. The connections to the DCEU are pretty loose, so you don't have to have watched the other movies to be able to follow this one. Overall, it was entertaining and well done. I'll be giving it repeat watchings in the future.


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Dora and the Lost City of Gold
I honestly started watching it as a joke just to see if how well the continued the format and I will say I was not disappointed. They stayed with the "ask the audience" format, though I did find the first time she did it and her parents were like "who is she talking to? eh it's a faze she'll grow out of it" kinda funny. Not being a fan of Dora in the first place I only watched the first 17 mins before I lost interest in it. I probably will not finish it, but might still be good for kids :/


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