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  • Maps to the Stars

    Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Apr, 2015

    Typical to Cronenberg form, the film doesn't end with any real clarity or closure, but the sleazy satire of Hollywood celebrity life with its many incestuous overtones is equally entertaining and unsettling. Frankly, the film is most interesting when the dead are haunting these characters, showing us who they really are.

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2015

    With only three films under his belt, J.C. Chandor has become quite accomplished. In a way, all three, Margin Call; All is Lost; and this, A Most Violent Year, are all character chamber pieces, but each in their own way. Here is a movie about marriage and business, about a man determined to do things the right way, and a wife who would have it done any way that worked best for them because that's the way it was for…

  • Unbroken

    Unbroken 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2015

    As inspiring as Louis Zamperini's story is, Jolie's film feels somewhat flat, even calculated. Its beats, the "important scenes" are measured perfectly to its sweeping score to fit some sort of old school Oscar requirement. It's actually in the smaller scenes the film succeeds most. Though admirable (Jack O'Connell is great) and beautiful (Deakins again doing good work) to look at, Unbroken is not very memorable, even though the man's life story is.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2015

    It's all over right? Finally... Thank God.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2015

    An anti-2001 and at its heart is humanity and love. Its visuals, stunning photography, and crescendoing score aid a script that is not without its faults, but the earnestness of Nolan's overall vision pulls it through.

  • The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

    The Librarian: Quest for the Spear 2004

    ★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2015

    Cheesy, straight-laced fun that isn't so fun

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2015

    Admirable biopic of the life and work of Alan Turing. Despite its depth of humanity for Turing, there's nothing truly exemplary save for Cumberbatch's invested work and Desplat's terrific score.

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    A beautifully mounted production, especially the costumes and production design. Cate Blanchett has given up maybe the definitive version of the evil stepmother.

  • Ida

    Ida 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Apr, 2015 2

    Restrained performances, sparse dialogue and great black and white camerawork makes this 82 minute story painfully beautiful.

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    A raving lunatic of a film unlike most anything else I've seen in some time. It's action sci-fi at it best, showing off provocative ideas and philosophies at breakneck speed. It flies off the handle in moments and is equally quiet in others. A superbly balanced piece of pulp bliss.

  • Beyond the Lights

    Beyond the Lights 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    It's girls meets boy after suicide attempt, becomes her real self, loses boy, gets him again. It's typical. A basical premise. But never once does it sacrifice these characters in the way of romance or sex and this is what makes it charming and refreshing and makes it work on more than one dimension unlike most other modern romances.

  • The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man 1952

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2015

    Romances like these are gone.