Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

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{3.5/5} “Does ‘phone’ mean something different in the future?” Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, released in 2017 Four high school kids in detention come across a Jumanji video game. When they start to play it they’re sucked into the world of the game. They don’t look like themselves any more — they look like the […]

The Shape of Water

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{5/5} “I butter the man’s toast a lot.” The Shape of Water, released in 2017 Elisa is mute, and works with her friend Zelda cleaning at some facility. At her apartment, Elisa spends a fair about of time with her neighbour Giles, who’s an artist. Elisa discovers an amphibious creature being held captive at work […]

Lady Bird

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{4.5/5} “‘They’re having auditions for the fall musical.’ ‘Do we have that here? … How am I a senior and not know we have that?’” Lady Bird, released in 2017 Christine is in her last year of high school in California and decides to call herself “Lady Bird.” She’s hoping to go to college on […]

A Monster Calls

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{4/5} “Stories are wild creatures, Conor O’Malley. If you let them loose, who knows what havoc they may wreak.” A Monster Calls, released in 2016 Conor is visited, possibly in his dreams, by a tree monster who demands that he listen to 3 stories — and then tell him one. The monster’s stories are true […]

Murder on the Orient Express

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{4/5} “I can only see the world as it should be. And when it is not, the imperfection stands out like the nose in the middle of the face. It makes most of life unbearable, but it is useful in the detection of crime.” Murder on the Orient Express, released in 2017 Famous detective Hercule […]

Pitch Perfect 3

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{4.5/5} “‘Well, I just got kicked out of flight school for killing 300 fake people.’ ‘I hate fake people.’” Pitch Perfect 3, released in 2017 The Bellas who have graduated all have disappointing jobs. They get back together to sing at a USO tour in Europe. It turns out to be a competition — the […]

Black Panther

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{4.5/5} “Like an antelope in headlights.” Black Panther, released in 2018 T’Challa, King of Wakanda, is also the Black Panther. Their country keeps their vibranium-based technology a secret from the rest of the world. T’Challa is upset to discover that his father killed his uncle — and left his cousin behind. Then his cousin shows […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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{5/5} “Guess it ain’t self explanatory, then.” Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, released in 2017 Mildred’s daughter was raped and killed a year ago, and the police haven’t arrested anyone. In utter frustration, she rents 3 billboards that highlight the fact that the police, and specifically Chief Willoughby, haven’t arrested anyone. She even gets on […]

Pixar movies

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Here’s an update to this list. And here is my discussion of a concert of music from Pixar movies I attended. Toy Story movies Toy Story 1995 -> 5/5 Toy Story 2 1999 -> 5/5 Toy Story 3 2010 -> 4.5/5 Toy Story 4 2019 Monsters, Inc. movies Monsters, Inc. 2001 -> 5/5 Monsters University […]


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{4.5/5} “I thought it might have been one of those made-up things that adults tell kids, like vitamins.” Coco, released in 2017 Miguel’s family makes shoes but all he wants to do is play music. Unfortunately the one thing his family forbids is music, so he does it in secret. Then he finds out that […]