Blindspotting

VERDICT A deep-felt love letter to the city of Oakland that tackles the challenges and intersectionality of masculinity, blackness, gentrification, police violence, the prison system, and what it means to be a friend. Above all else, Blindspotting is sincere in a rare way. Buy this ticket as soon as possible. REVIEW What Works: A slow-boiling screenplay […]

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Skyscraper

VERDICT It’s exactly what it sets out to be; a big, hot, and loud popcorn movie. Skyscraper does its job admirably. The stakes are surprisingly high, Johnson is as charismatic as he ever is, and the action sequeneces are gripping. This needs to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated, so watch it now or […]

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Sorry to Bother You

VERDICT A scathing critique of capitalism and its monopoly over politics, culture, and even one’s sense of self, hidden inside a comedy about being a telemarketer. The sharp dive into the surreal will not appeal to everyone, but it remains a must-see. Buy the ticket. REVIEW More frequent readers will notice that this review does […]

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

VERDICT While not as innovative as the first film, Ant-Man and the Wasp carves out its own niche within the MCU. This is a personal story, without the bombastic stakes of the recent films. If you like Rudd, Cera, size-changing goofs, or mindblowing “de-aging” technology, then buy the cheap seat ticket. If not, it will still […]

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Won’t You be My Neighbor?

VERDICT It does not matter if you’ve ever seen Mr. Rogers show, or even heard of him prior to sitting down in theater – you owe it your own psyche to spend 90 minutes with this beautiful story. See it immediately. REVIEW What Works: Everything. Won’t You be My Neighbor? isn’t really interested in who […]

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

REVIEW What Works: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rehashes the tired tale of test tube dinosaurs breaking out of their cages to kill and maim scores of people, but this time tries to convince you to care about the fate of these scaly critters. The creatures created in 2015’s Jurassic World are trapped on Isla Nublar […]

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The Incredibles 2

VERDICT While the animation is beautiful and the aesthetics are intriguing as always, the themes and story are completely jumbled. It’s not bad – just disappointing. If you’ve got kids, take them. If not, wait for streaming on this one. REVIEW What Works: Nobody pairs animation and aesthetic like Pixar. It’s almost boring to say that […]

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Ocean’s 8

VERDICT Ocean’s 8 continues the legacy of its predecessors – while not a must watch, it’s a fun two hours filled with snappy dialogue from your favorite actors. Catch it at the cheap seats or streaming. REVIEW The Good: The cast chemistry, Anne Hathaway, and that Ocean’s je ne sais quoi. The Ocean’s franchise has […]

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Han Solo

VERDICT The younger folks in your life will like Solo a lot, as will any fans who really like deep lore. Beyond that, it’s just a fun Western-Heist movie. Grab the cheap seats on Tuesday, or wait for streaming. REVIEW The Good: Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, and when it is just having fun. This is […]

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Deadpool 2

VERDICT Weaker than the first and less consistent, but also funnier and with more heart, this sequel is a contradictory gumbo. If you were a fan of the first, go see it. Otherwise, wait for streaming. REVIEW The Good: Even funnier than the first and with a lot more to say, but still carried by the […]

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