★★★★★ 2021 has been an exceedingly perfect year for modern musicals. We have already been gifted with the vibrant In the Heights and the emotionally rousing Dear Evan Hansen, and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is right around the corner! To my surprise, tick, tick…Boom! may be the cream of the crop. Featuring an awards … Continue reading Film Review: tick, tick…Boom!
★★★★★ Despite a noticeable lack of advertising push, Sony Animation’s Vivo is a colorful, emotional, and utterly profound family film. When I started watching on Netflix, I figured I was essentially in store for an animated In the Heights—instead, Vivo feels much more Coco. I did not realize just how deeply I needed a feel-good … Continue reading Film Review: Vivo
★★★★ It’s been a long while since we’ve had a properly outrageous musical come to the big screen. Racking my brain, 2019’s excellent Aladdin redux was the most recent one that came to mind. In the Heights is here to scratch that itch, while embracing modernity and culture with a tender hand. Only Lin-Manuel Miranda, … Continue reading Film Review: In the Heights