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  • The Greatest Showman

    The Greatest Showman

    ★½

    Possibly the fakest musical ever made, without any awareness of that irony. One: the production-quality flawless singing that doesn't allow any room for the actors' personalities. Two: the manufactured drama that is, at first, so focused upon only to ultimately have zero consequences. Three: the missed-the-mark and missed-the-pointedness of its try-hard woke-ness as a beautiful and talented woman pretends to be a "freak" like the others as if everyone knows she's a trapeze artist simply by looking at her walking…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★★

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

    Rewatching to see if it still captures me the same way, and a second viewing does not disappoint. The climactic, quasi-imagined meeting between Hedges's elder Otis and the clown-faced LaBeouf is still intensely cathartic and instantly brought me to tears again. This film is a tour de force, and attention must be paid to the performances of our three leads - though the supporting cast is all great too. Hedges captures mid-career, real-life LaBeouf so perfectly in every way and…

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  • Star Wars Biomes

    Star Wars Biomes

    ★★★

    The idea presents as a "Planet Earth" meets "Star Wars," with the promise of stunning visuals of alien worlds and their fauna made famous by the monster-sized multi-media property. However, there's so little content here, so little to look at, with a frustratingly slow-moving camera that it feels like a quick something Disney+ threw together in an afternoon just to get something released for May 4th. Too few locations, too little happening, and even the inclusions provided don't feel like enough to make it worthwhile. Make this a series, develop the rich Star Wars lore, hire David Attenborough, and you'll get everyone's attention.

  • Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens from Its Nap

    Maggie Simpson in The Force Awakens from Its Nap

    ★★★

    An amusing short marrying the popular Simpsons and Star Wars properties, starring possibly the cutest character of both. It holds very much the same style of humor that The Simpsons is known for, with quick, visual humor incorporating Star Wars characters and themes. You'll get a few chuckles, but it's a little too short to truly appreciate, and some of the references feel a little too off to really be enjoyed.

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  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★★½

    An attention-grabbing concept and conflict both lives up to its promise but also takes the first opportunity to delve into creature horror instead of basking in the potential of psychological dread and the unknowable unknown. However, Duffield's occasionally campy script feels tight and efficient, and features some impressive world-building with the station technology, leaving the viewer wanting to know more about its operation. It feels like a mature and worthy follow-up to his "The Babysitter." Stewart gives a fine performance,…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger

    Johnston supplies a lot of heart, good and decent humor, and some great action sequences into this - the first of the MCU's period films - to an entertaining end. Evans is the absolute perfect casting for the lead role, and he proves that immediately and continuously. Weaving is entirely fantastic as well, thriving in the hamminess of the villain, and the whole cast seems bent on providing a wonderful experience. Silvestri's score also shines, providing memorable themes. Beyond that,…