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Film Review + Super Soundtrack: ‘Sing 2’

Luckily, Sing 2 hits all the right notes that the first Sing film did. These characters are hard not to love, and you really do almost forget that they’re animated. It also succeeds at aiming its story toward both adults and children alike. Who would’ve thought that a story about singing elephants, pigs, gorillas, and porcupines could be so touching?

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Film Review: ‘Don’t Look Up’ (dir. Adam McKay)

It’s the apocalypse, and we’re all living in it. There’s no denying the ways of the world surrounding us, so we might as well poke some fun at it while we try to shed some light on the topic and start a conversation.

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Film Review: ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (dir. Jon Watts)

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ is a cinematic EVENT in every possible way. It manages to live up to the outrageous hype and results in a surprisingly emotional, moving, and HUGE movie. Crowd-pleasing without too much deliberate fan service, everybody will find something to love about this.

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Film Review: ‘C’mon C’mon’ (dir. Mike Mills)

C’MON C’MON looks to the future in this genuinely heartfelt story that is visually stunning and makes even the most mundane emotions and parts of life seem universally felt. This character feels the closest to Joaquin Phoenix and is such a 180 from his role as the Joker. Woody Norman offers such an honest, realistic child perspective unlike any kid actor I’ve ever seen.

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Film Review: ‘House of Gucci’ (dir. Ridley Scott)

‘House of Gucci’ is a crowd-pleaser of a film that makes perfect use of its runtime. Lady Gaga acts with such conviction in this Cinderella story turned sour, and the emotion held within her eyes is palpable. Jared Leto dials it up to 11, and (somehow) it works. Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, and Salma Hayek are each superb.

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Review: ‘Belfast’ (dir. Kenneth Branagh)

‘Belfast’ is a memory box of a film is a nostalgic, touching, and heartwarming story told through a rich cinematic lens with noteworthy acting performances all around.

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Review: Marvel Studios’ ‘Eternals’ (dir. Chloé Zhao)

Broadening the scope of the universe to massive proportion with beautiful visuals and philosophical themes, this superhero story’s character development does well at building up each of the many new stars.

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Film Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (dir. Stephen Chbosky)

This musical is messy and manipulating and makes time for more than a few moments for major melodrama throughout its maze. And that’s why it works.

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Film Review: ‘Jockey’ (dir. Clint Bentley) | TIFF 2021

Combining the best of both worlds from sports movies and a father-son drama, this is sophisticatedly framed through an indie filmmaker lens. With heartfelt performances all around, it is a story that feels at once both familiar and brand new.

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Film Review: ‘Petite Maman’ (dir. Céline Sciamma) | TIFF 2021

The innocence of a child and value of friendship is expressed in its truest, most pure form here. The crisp cinematography is immaculate, emphasizing the brilliance of nature, bringing the sunlight inside, and the texture of endless fuzzy sweaters. With spare but impactful dialogue, this reserved story feels relatable.