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  • Howard

    Howard

    ★★★½

    Dear Howard Ashman,
    Your songs defined my childhood. Road trips became sing-alongs. Showers transformed into auditions. Your songs offered an escape from reality and simple, yet valuable lessons. These lyrics have affected who I am today.

    Through The Little Mermaid, you made me feel more confident. “Part of Your World” connected Ariel and I, how we both did not truly understand the world and what it has in store for us. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” represented my need to change myself:…

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Howl’s Moving Castle conjures a spell that immerses you into a world of steampunk, transformation, and fantasy. It is an exhilarating work of breathless ingenuity and splendor full of whimsical machines, shimmering lakes, and luminous sunsets. Every image is enriched with looming details and radiant colors. Scenes stun with a disorienting dream logic that perplexes and bewilders.

    The animation also gives a simple display of this movie's main themes: youth and age. These topics are presented right away when the…

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  • The Kissing Booth 2

    The Kissing Booth 2

    ½

    movies The Kissing Booth 2 is longer than: 
    • Rear Window
    • 12 Angry Men
    • Sunset Boulevard 
    • Good Will Hunting
    • Singing in the Rain
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Moonlight
    • Lady Bird
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Whiplash
    • The Empire Strikes Back
    • Her
    • The Social Network
    • La La Land
    • Dunkirk
    • Nightcrawler
    • Do the Right Thing
    • Spotlight
    • The Favourite
    • Gravity

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    Spirited Away sparks memories of your most wondrous childhood moments and spins them into a mature tale. My childhood is defined by these small, unimportant, yet magical moments. The minuscule details of Spirited Away transport me to the world at five years old.

    Boh, the giant baby transports me to the time I first held my newborn cousin. My uncle eyed me cautiously, but my aunt smiled and took a picture of me with the infant. She smiled, triumphantly displaying…