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Isle of Dogs

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I will say that maybe this wasn’t the best movie for my frame of mind right now. While I’m generally a fan of Wes Anderson (even his weakest effort, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou has its moments), I’m still in recovery after the death of my own pup. A movie about a bunch of dogs rejected by their owners and suffering was going to hit me pretty hard. While I wouldn’t call it upper level Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore), it was still fun and entertaining and even in animation still follows the usual Anderson tropes (omniscient narrator, fancy fonts, brilliant art direction, dark humor).

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Last Flag Flying

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A lot of good will built up throughout the two hours of Last Flag Flying is undone in the final moments. It’s disappointing because if there was just a little bit of faith in the audience instead of what feels like a need to pander to them, it would’ve been a much better movie. As it stands, it’s still pretty good but after the peaks of director and co-writer Richard Linklater’s oeuvre (Boyhood, The Before series, Waking Life, Dazed and Confused), Flag comes off a bit trite and simple.

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