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The Shape of Water
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Lovely and strange, The Shape of Water is a thoroughly unique and entrancing film, if one that could have used a little more subtlety and a little less violence. Sally Hawkins is captivating as a mute woman who befriends a fish man, and their relationship is the film's highlight. The film becomes a water ballet of romance, but the relationship goes from 0 to 100 really fast, not allowing for much growth before pure love takes over. But the film is gorgeous to behold and the plot, while rather predictable, is engaging and magical, making room for some charming musical detours. Supporting actors Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins turn in solid work and Michael Shannon is demented as the villain of the piece, however, del Toro occasionally lets his campy and over-the-top tendencies get in the way. The film is needlessly violent in a few scenes and a sense of quiet intimacy would have put the film on another level. As such, the film never reaches the emotional heights it intends to. Still, there isn't anything quite like The Shape of Water in cinemas currently and the actors and lovely score deserve recognition here. Rating: 82

I, Tonya
I, Tonya (2018)
7 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I, Tonya succeeds due to powerful performances by Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan and the film is overall a searingly black comedy of true life events. It is sometimes riotously funny, making the dark events in the film be portrayed with a deft touch. However, the film is guilty on not taking a definitive stance on how the audience should feel about Tonya. One moment, she is easy to sympathize with, and the next she is hardly likable and sometimes aggressively awful as a person. It twists the moral standpoint of the movie to the point where it is difficult to know how to truly feel about her. But the film is exciting and highly entertaining and films the events in the film like an old-school film noir. Whatever the film actually has to say about the subject and the tragic events is perfectly unclear, but it is a hell of a ride regardless. Rating: 72

Leap! (2017)
18 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An awkward and choppily paced animated film, with soaring dancing sequences but tone deaf screenwriting and irritating characters. Voiceovers don't match up with the animated mouths and the whole affair is misjudged morally, accounting an audition for a role as a kind of elimination Survivor competition, and a misguided climax. It's a wholly lower-tier animation. Rating: 35

The Greatest Showman
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Haters of musicals be damned, says The Greatest Showman, a musical film about P.T. Barnum that positively forces its audience into submission with its fantastic soundtrack and overwhelming sense of joy. It makes up for the fact that the film truly isn't all that great. It really is a hot mess of a film, zooming from plot point to plot point with little true development. But Hugh Jackman sings and dances into your heart, and the cheesy, upbeat thrill of the songs guarantees the feature is highly entertaining for all, lovers of musicals most prominently. If it wasn't for a wildly misguided "opera" sequence, in which an opera diva sings a very modern song in full opera gown and thus comes off highly phony, The Greatest Showman would have been a nearly perfect musical. But its sanitized story and some iffy execution mars the films musical sequences which consistently soar. It's one of those rare films that is so fun to watch and experience while simultaneously recognizing its messiness in execution, and not caring anyway. Rating: 75

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
24 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If there was a film this year that brought me as much consistent fun as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle did, then I sure don't remember it. The joy I had with the film was even more potent due to my immensely lowered expectations towards the film and its unecessariness. However, Jumanji 2017 is hilarious, and features some of the most well-crafted action scenes of the year. The cast has a brilliant dynamic and their camaraderie is fun to watch and because the film is so character focused, we get many nice moments amongst the players. Top of all is Jack Black, who channels his inner teenage popular girl brilliantly. The film never allows for the shtick to get old and each character receives the ideal amount of screen time and shining moments to make the humor constantly fresh. Also, lovers of retro video games will find a lot to admire in the execution of the fight scenes and in-game consistencies, such as strengths and weaknesses stats, and the coldness of the in-game characters. It isn't breaking much ground with its frivolity, but Jumanji achieves a level of fun that is all too rare nowadays and even a hint of the bittersweet. Rating: 82