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Beauty and the Beast
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While certainly a fun spectacle that Disney has become the master of delivering, the film is just that - a Disney spectacle. Emma Watson is an admirable actress as always, but unfortunately her singing didn't really add up with the rest of her star-power. The rest of the cast also holds their own (particularly Dan Stevens, who brings a marvelous reimagining of the Beast to the table), but as enjoyable as it is to see the magic of Beauty and the Beast back up on the screen, it doesn't really take a lot of risks. In moments where it hinted at becoming bigger, grander, bolder, it just doesn't take it all the way. It left me yearning for more, and feeling disappointed at what could have been. While it could have totally defied expectations, it played it safe, which ultimately was the smart idea to avoid altering the original animated classic, but it pulled back almost a little too much. Enjoyable? Certainly. Magical? Sure. A masterpiece? Eh. Honestly I preferred The Jungle Book.

The Lobster
The Lobster (2016)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Well. Huh. An intensely fascinating premise, but a very bizarre delivery. I'm a little lost for words. The first act was a lot of fun, and it set up the world extremely well. The second act faltered, and seemed to to lose the subversive eccentric tone that carried the first act. And the final scene came across as excessive and a bit melodramatic. It did get me thinking about what animal I would want to be turned into if I couldn't find love...

The Lego Batman Movie
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

While I'm still partial to the magic of The Lego Movie, this installment is a brilliant second. It's flashy, it's funny, it's satirical, and it's surprisingly touching. I was not expecting any emotional edge, and I was pleasantly surprised! This is the perfect family movie; it's got the animation and story to keep your kids entertained and it's got the heart and wit to delight adults.

Moonlight
Moonlight (2016)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Masterpiece. A gorgeous masterpiece. I was floored by this magnificent work of cinema. Barry Jenkins is a master of his craft, and the three actors portraying Chiron were superb. Jenkins created a film straight out of a film studies class. His use of intense and very specific detail told the story. There was no excessive dialog needed, there was no beating you over the head with exposition, there was just pure, honest, storytelling. Jenkins' ability to tell a story that was so genuine is something that I crave in good cinema. It falls in a similar vein to movies like Blue Is the Warmest Color, in which it just shows a life in its most sincere form. I was blown away, and I adored every moment of it.

La La Land
La La Land (2016)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Damien Chazelle is the Lin-Manuel Miranda of movies: a young newcomer dazzles with a brilliant small project (Chazelle's Whiplash, Miranda's In the Heights), then comes back swinging with a larger and arguably even better project (Chazelle's La La Land, Miranda's Hamilton). La La Land is one of the most fun and entertaining movies I have seen in a long time. The acting was lovely, the music was superb, and the direction was flawless. The film manages to expertly balance the feel-good homage to Old Hollywood with the genuine moments of "real life." It was an excellent piece of cinema that gave me enough warm-and-fuzzy moments to last the rest of the month, and it proved yet again that superb writer/director Chazelle is not going anywhere.