Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

A review in 50 words:

Calling this an average Marvel movie undersells the film itself and the overall quality of Marvel’s output over the past decade.
It’s wonderful to have a film where Carol’s struggles being a woman in the 1990s help hone her into who she is, but don’t define her as a character.

Final Verdict: 👍

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

A Review in 39 words:

Prior to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, I felt that only one animated film came anywhere close to the storytelling prowess of Disney and Pixar: How to Train Your Dragon.

The Hidden World lives up to that standard.

Final Verdict: 👍

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Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

A review in 44 words:

Absolutely stellar performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Yet the “history class set to fast-forward” pace of the narrative is ultimately the undoing of the film. We’ve been spoiled by the slow pace of television where political intrigue can unfold over time.

Final Verdict: 👎

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

A review in 32 words:

The film raises more questions than it answers.

  1. The Stormtroopers look cool. Why haven’t they let Dave Filoni loose upon Disney Animation?

  2. Where is my Avengers-esque Disney Princess Team-Up Movie?

Final Verdict: 👍

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

A review in 48 words:

I wish that Rowling had written novels instead. Then she could include every intricate detail and plot. Instead we get Fantastic Beasts, where there’s so much going on that the story and world can’t stop and breathe. Rowling’s storytelling is being encumbered by a medium with a runtime.

Final Verdict: 👎

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

A review in 37 words:

It glosses over or rewrites history. The music and lyrics seem to spring from the ether. It even has a borderline absurd Hollywood happy ending. Yes, the film is superficial, but you can’t deny that it’s fun.

Final verdict: 👍

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First Man

First Man

A review in 50 words:

First Man is steadfastly focused on Neil Armstrong. Even in space — usually the effects-laden delight — we are often limited to his point of view. It’s only as the film approaches a singular achievement in human history do we get anything resembling ‘epic’. Even then, it shows restraint and focus.

Final verdict: 👍

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

A review in 49 words:

The film is rather flat and passive, mimicking the emotional lockdown the characters have to undergo as they try to survive the emotional abuses of a 1990s gay conversion camp. This isn’t a film you’ll walk out praising, but one you should be thinking about a few days later.

Final Verdict: 👍

Read Expanded Thoughts on The Miseducation of Cameron Post over at A Rant in Progress.

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