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  • Patriots Day

    Patriots Day

    ★½

    The Peter Berg version of Crash.

  • Gold

    Gold

    ★★½

    “Stephen, I'm desperate for a hit.”

    “Harvey, I told you, I haven't written anything lately.”

    “Oh come on, you must have a script or two that have been gathering dust in a drawer somewhere... Anything will do from you!”

    “Well, actually, now that you mention it...”

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  • Compliance

    Compliance

    ½

    There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:

    1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...

    Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…

  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter

    ★★★★★

    The best film of 2011 is also the most criminally under-seen. Blue-collar, Midwestern father Curtis LaForche is either developing paranoid schizophrenia or accurately prophesizing the apocalypse — a binary that could have all too easily become fodder for hokey metaphor. But with writer/director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon at the helm (their second film together, following 2007’s Shotgun Stories), Curtis becomes one of the most authentically human characters in the history of cinema. He may be the symbolic fulcrum…