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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2012

    Fascinating, gruesome, and gorgeous film that while not perfect, is very satisfying and treats its audiences like adults; leaving questions for us to answer on our own. It's ambiguity will be the subject of many analyses for years to come.

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2012

    WOW! Completely blown away. A non-stop ride of outlandish horror and laugh-out-loud comedy. Right up my alley. This is truly an instant cult classic and I would be hard pressed to name another movie where I had a better time watching it in theaters. Truly awesome.

  • Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life

    Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jun, 2012

    Another thought-provoking documentary from Herzog. Reminded me a lot of The Thin Blue Line, but it's ultimate purpose is to question the morality of the death penalty. I for one, although a Democrat, believe that the death penalty is a necessary evil in certain circumstances, but Herzog had me questioning my own beliefs.

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    The Adventures of Tintin 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2012

    Possibly the biggest in a series of perplexing snubs by the douchebags at the Academy this past year, Tin Tin is an exciting family adventure with mind-blowing CGI and spectacularly choregraphed action sequences. The CGI boasts environments that the most photo-realistic to date. It's a classic Spielsbergian adventure.

  • My Week with Marilyn

    My Week with Marilyn 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2012

    Really well-acted, especially from Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier. Story didn't pull me in completely but it was still interesting to see Marilyn Monroe the person, rather than Marilyn Monroe the icon.

  • Margin Call

    Margin Call 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Feb, 2012

    Well-written, well-acted, and briskly paced inside look at a 24 hour period at an investment firm at the center of the 2008 financial collapse. Paul Bettany gives a stand-out performance. The ending left a little to be desired, but i'd still call it one of the better films of 2011.

  • Jeff, Who Lives at Home

    Jeff, Who Lives at Home 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Mar, 2012

    Funny, simple, and a lot of heart. Jeff, Who Lives at Home hits a lot of the same notes that Little Miss Sunshine did. If you're a fan of quirky, slice of life dramedys, this is right up your alley. Susan Sarandon gives one of her best performances in years. All in all, a satisfying experience.

  • The Descendants

    The Descendants 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2012

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Descendants is a remarkable personal journey. Much like Payne's other significant and wonderful films, Sideways and About Schmidt, it focuses on a man going through a transformational experience in his life. We follow George Clooney as he deals with the tragedy of his wifes boating accident, her ensuing coma, and the pressure of becoming the father two his daughters that his lifestyle never allowed him to be. Clooney gives a career-best performance, and newcomer Shailene Woodley announces her presence…

  • Our Idiot Brother

    Our Idiot Brother 2011

    ★★★ Watched 12 Feb, 2012

    Not laugh out loud funny like you might expect with the cast, but there was something engaging about this Paul Rudd vehicle.

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2012

    A rather entoxicating story, beautifully directed. A stand-out edition to the psycho-sexual sub-genre. The lead actors are both terrific as well.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to adequately explain my thoughts on this dazzling film. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it's definetly my favorite film of 2011. It's a simple enough premise, a Hollywood stunt-driver by day and getaway driver for hire by night gets caught up in a tangled web of deception and villainy. The beauty here lies in the execution. Nicolas Windig Refn finally hits his stride, and he does so on all cylinders.…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life 2011

    ★★★½ Added

    While The Tree of Life was certainly an ambitious project by a truly inspired filmmaker, it did not feel cohesive enough to become the masterpiece it could have been. I still consider it a must-see for any film lover. The middle of the film, the meat if you will, is a fascinating portrayal of the complexity of human life and relationships, featuring dynamic performances from Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. The rest of the film is splintered and the bookends…