Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

An kinetic flurry of assured action setpieces, hokey cyberpunk manga worldbuilding, and charming accelerated character growth by way of Rose Salazar’s strikingly well-handled growth from big-eyed robo-daughter to purposeful avenger. Still with big eyes though. Which work oddly well, accentuating the cyborg character’s outsider nature as well as Salazar’s very deliberate performance. The world feels…

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

It lacks the surprise factor of the first film – the novelty, the striking glitziness of the CGI lego, the run-on laughs on how the whole concept operated – and doesn’t handle its story and themes with as deft a hand, but the ultimate statement of the film is more nuanced and interesting than the…