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  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2016

    Beautiful, gritty, and badass. It starts out as Blunt's film and ends up being Del Toro's.

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2016

    Honesty, I was expecting Bridesmaids 2 or something like it. Schumer makes it into something more. Yes, it's crude, yes it's got some one-liners and gags (Lebron as a supporting character is one of the ballsiest things a movie did in 2015), but it's actually a film with heart and nowhere near as sloppy as its compatriots. We care about Amy. That's impressive, considering we hardly ever care about any of the characters in R-rated comedies. She has the typical…

  • Pan

    Pan 2015

    ★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2016

    "It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing."

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2015

    It's the Foreign Correspondent element that turns it into something much more worthwhile and intriguing. All the deception, the who's who, prove it to be incredibly interesting as well as entertaining and not just a retread of the fourth with bigger stunts and different settings.

  • Christmas in Connecticut

    Christmas in Connecticut 1945

    ★★★½ Rewatched 23 Dec, 2015

    Charming and sweet with just enough light screwball comedy to keep it going.

  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Dec, 2015

    If only we could've seen what fresh hell Santa actually looked like...

  • Arthur Christmas

    Arthur Christmas 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Dec, 2015

    At first a cute trifle, but also clever and just plain funny.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2015

    Damn if Abrams didn't pull it off. I felt like a kid again just like when I saw the 20th Anniversary editions in theatres. So many feels... And it's not perfect, but it made me forget those damn prequels.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2015

    Cruise has spent his whole career trying to be a badass. Here he finally succeeds. Only Emily Blunt ends up winning this one in the end.

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2015

    Gibney turns what could be simply fantastical, Buzzfeed-type journalism into something extraordinarily frightening. To know this kind of thing exists in our world is to know true fear. I think that's his point.

  • Five Easy Pieces

    Five Easy Pieces 1970

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2015

    Jack always played Jack. This never changed, no matter what role. He always invested his characters in himself and himself in his characters. They are always mirrors for the man playing them, maybe not completely opaque, but there's always some reflection. I can't help but see it in the moments of him fighting with his simple wife or barking at the dog on the highway and simply just getting on the back of old truck and playing this beaten-down piano.…

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2015

    My gosh, what a strange, exciting and fresh piece of filmmaking. It's unlike anything we've really seen before and with the iPhone as its camera, we're treated to every single and angle and inch of these two women's lives. It's a whilrwind of a film - funny, yet dark and even sad.