In the Loop: Happy Death Day and Happy Death Day 2U

Unlike the previous few movies, Happy Death Day is definitely “Like Groundhog Day but only with murder!” Tree’s arc from vapid, bitchy sorority girl to someone who is willing to be open and generous is obvious from the get-go but it’s effective. She even becomes someone who will give the cute boy with cool movie posters in his room a chance.

In the Loop: The Girl(s) Who Leapt Through Time

This version of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by director Mamoru Hosoda and writer Satoko Okudera is part reimagining, part sequel to the 1967 novel, written Yasutaka Tsutsui. It is one in a long line of adaptations of this novel — there have been live-action movies, multiple TV versions and even a stage play. I once had ambitions to track down and watch every version but that proved impossible. But I like the idea that all the versions of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time are almost a time loop themselves.