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Moana
Moana (2016)
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Moana is a gem. It's hard to say anything else about it. It's hilarious, epic, with one of the most solid soundtracks to come out of a Disney movie since....maybe since The Lion King. Lin-Manuel Miranda's songs alternate from being hysterical, like Maui's insanely catchy "You're Welcome" to the Flight of the Conchords/David Bowie-esque 'Shiny", to triumphant, like Moana's ballad "How Far I'll Go", a song that's destined to go down in Disney history. Every voice actor, from established actors like Dwayne Johnson and Jermaine Clement to total unknown Auli'i Cravalho, to good old Alan Tudyk doing just chicken noises, gives a great performance. The story follows slightly familiar beats, but that's hardly a blemish on this beautiful and fun gem of a movie.

Swiss Army Man
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If there's one word to describe Swiss Army Man, it is bizarre. It has a bizarre premise, where Paul Dano befriends a magical (and gassy) corpse played by Daniel Radcliffe, it's bizarrely shot and edited at points, the largely a capella score is bizarre and beautiful, and the entire film just has a bizarre element of charm to it. For a film that opens with a sequence where Paul Dano rides a Daniel Radcliffe corpse across the open ocean like a jetski, powered exclusively by Radcliffe's farts. I'm not joking. And it's beautiful. The movie's sense of humor is incredibly juvenile, there are some intensely beautiful sequences, and the ending isn't exactly what you'd expect. I'm not sure if it's the best movie I've seen in 2016, but it's definitely the most unique and most bizarre.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad (2016)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Well, Suicide Squad is my favorite DC Extended Universe movie, but that doesn't make it good. The story is a mess that feels like 5 scripts stapled together, many characters (especially Jared Leto's Joker) aren't given enough time to develop or have an arc, and a lot of the action scenes feel repetitive. I did like Will Smith's Deadshot, Killer Croc, and on occasion Captain Boomerang, and the soundtrack was fun, albeit a little all over the place. Overall, it shares a lot of the same gripes I had with "Batman V Superman": It's Overstuffed, Over-edited, and under-developed. There's a good movie hiding in here somewhere, but I think most of it ended up on the cutting room floor.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you get excited hearing "The Lonely Island made a movie", then you're going to love POPSTAR. It's an hour and a half of relentlessly weird jokes, songs, and celebrity cameos (hello Ringo Starr, Questlove and Arcade Fire?), with a mockumentary format that feels almost like an updated version of "Spinal Tap", but rather in the world of pop music. (And the songs, like "Equal Rights", "Donkey Roll" and "Incredible Thoughts" are just as funny as any of the SNL shorts they've done in the past). It can feel a little long and be a bit predictable at points, but even if you can guess the plot, the jokes keep flying.

Captain America: Civil War
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The most impressive thing about Captain America: Civil War isn't the well-filmed action, the surprising amounts of humor that works, or the great new characters (including one of the best Spider-Man portrayals by Tom Holland and Chadwick Boseman's super cool Black Panther), but its the balance. Pretty much every Avenger shows gets stuffed in the movie, but as you watch you are still focused on Cap, Bucky, and Iron Man (except when Spider-Man shows up. Then I just wanted more of him). The movie isn't perfect, some portions of it felt rushed, especially the random "romance", and Marisa Tomei is WAY too young to play Aunt May in my mind. She does a fine job for her 5 minutes of screentime, but I can't put her in that role. At all. (Also, I hate the text-on-screen that reveals the setting. It's weirdly big and the font is really pointy and it bothered me for some odd reason.) Besides those minor critiques, this was an incredible comic book movie. All of the actors give great performances, and it was really nice to see Sebastian Stan back as Bucky Barnes after a 2 year absence.The action sequences are pure comic book fun, the super cameos are great, it balances fun with the more serious storyline, and while it feels a little long, it was definitely worth the 2.5 + hours. Is it one of the best comic book movies? Time will have to tell, but as of right now it could be up there.