Turning Red (2022)

Pixar’s latest is the story of thirteen-year-old Meilin, a Chinese-Canadian girl who discovers that she has the ability (or curse, depending on how you look at it) to turn into a giant red panda whenever she experiences strong emotions.

I thought it was a good, solid outing from Pixar. But it oddly didn’t move me the way the early Pixar stories did, and I can’t say I want to watch it multiple times. Nevertheless, it’s a movie I would recommend on the whole.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Tenet (2020)

Synopsis from Wikipedia: The film follows a CIA agent who learns how to manipulate the flow of time to prevent an attack from the future that threatens to annihilate the present world.

Overall opinion: Interesting concept but somewhat lacking in the execution.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

The Daniels’ (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) present us with a movie about Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh), who is struggling with just about everything – her business, her marriage, her daughter, her father. In the midst of a tax audit, Evelyn finds herself dragged into a very strange multiversal conflict wherein she has to “verse jump” into alternate versions of herself and temporarily acquire the abilities and skills of those versions in order to evade a chaotic antagonist, Jobu Tupaki, who is after Evelyn for reasons unknown and also the agents of Jobu Tupaki.

This movie, while really bizarre in some bits, is an overall solid and entertaining sci-fi action film and deserves to be seen.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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The Missed Opportunity of “The Batman”

Matt Reeves’s version of DC’s caped crusader misses the opportunity to tell not the origin story of Batman, but the origin story of the billionaire behind Batman.

The Bruce Wayne we meet at the start of The Batman is anything but a social butterfly or a competent businessman. He hardly goes out, except on his nightly excursions to watch over the city or meet with Lt. James Gordon and find out where he’s needed. Bruce is so holed up in Wayne Manor that the loyal Alfred Pennyworth must summon accountants to meet at Wayne Manor. He can’t get Bruce to go to them, so they have to come to him. Carmine Falcone, a known crime lord, greets Bruce with surprise at a public memorial service and calls Bruce the biggest recluse in Gotham besides himself.

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