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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    What this film could've easily dissolved into was a love letter to the performance of Eddie Redmayne, which is stunning method work reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot, but since it was Jane Hawking's book that was the basis for this film - thus, their relationship being the central force here - what we get is a marriage of equal stories; it is them, not just him. Felicity Jones matches the physical intensity of Redmayne with complex emotions,…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    A fierce, restrained, and internally wrought piece of filmmaking.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2015

    Lean and kinda mean, this takes the series into more of a war genre than an action genre and it's decently satisfying.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    "A friend is a gift you give yourself."

    Seedy, unsettling, and brilliant. I don't think I've ever felt more uncomfortable watching a character than that of Lou Bloom.

  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2015

    Besides a wonderfully designed villain and the charm of Baymax, it feels kinda pretty with no great substance.