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Lamya's Poem Movie Film

Annecy International Animated Film Festival Review: Alexander Kronemer’s ‘Lamya’s Poem’

“‘Lamya’s Poem’ is best suited for streaming distribution since the documentarian Kronemer only shows a trying ability to accomplish theatrical flair. Still, a parent viewing the film with children can surrender to its spell and ambition, and forgive its lags.”

Raya and the Last Dragon Movie Film

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Review: A Fable Vibrating with Imagination and Optimism

“‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ welcomes a reflection on its Asian-fusion design because western adaptations of Asian culture, even with visible and vocal creative Asian input, will come with a spectrum of orientalism…”

A Whiplash of Multidimensional Creativity and Inspiration: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

“With all its supporting superheroes and hints of story threads, ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is bankable for sequels and spin-offs. As long as there’s creative juice for this world, any follow-up would feel inspired.”

‘Crazy Rich Asians’: A Charming Rom-Com About Asian Affirmation

“Directed with sensitivity by Jon M. Chu, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ pokes fun at frivolity and the pretenses of the rich while letting loose with some lavish fun across vast picturesque landscapes.”

‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ Is Genndy Tartakovsky’s Mania Gone Unproductively Mad

“For all the music that ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ offers, it amounts to a one-note production.”

Scrappily-Assembled Star Wars: ‘Solo’ Is Safe Galactic Fun

“The film is not without heart, though its heart exists in scattered fragments without assimilating into a cohesive whole.”

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Missed the Stars but Aimed High

“‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is for kids, and I mean ‘made for kids’ in the supportive definition rather than the usual lazy and disparaging connotation that’s carelessly applied to more lukewarm family films.”

‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Is Chock-Full of Studio Ghibli Fairy Dust

“While it doesn’t pop with philosophical resonance like Ghibli pictures, it has enough fairy dust in its sleeves to keep you transfixed and rooting for the heroine.”

Despite Needing Tune-Ups, Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Is a Color-Saturated Celebration of Family

“A dance of layered visuals and eye-popping patterns, ‘Coco’ is well balanced with the understated”