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  • Agora 2009

    ★★½ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    Math, astronomy, and early Christianity collide in "Agora," a dour but good looking historical epic. Telling the story of Hypatia, an Alexandrian philosopher, the film cycles through story beats involving burgeoning faiths, unfortunate zealotry, a growing understanding of the universe, and the clash of cultures. The narrative plate of "Agora" is quite full, but the film leaves its audience on the empty side.

    Painted in the tans and beiges of ancient Egypt, the film is a visually well-appointed and old-fashioned…

  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 2011

    ★★½ Watched 26 Mar, 2014 2

    "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" is a harmless family film that, like the three earlier films in the Spy Kids franchise, offers more for kids than it does adults. Comparatively, however, this more-grounded adventure feels slightly more mature than the first three outings.

    Robert Rodriquez returns to the saga he created with a new sibling team of spies. The story is a typical Spy Kids-style adventure with a nefarious baddie whose silly plot needs squashing by the…

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  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 32

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2012 8

    From the opening Warner Brothers logo, to its end credits, "Argo" is a fully-engrossing and remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking. Director Ben Affleck assembles a film that pays attention to the smallest of details while delivering on a grand dramatic scale.

    With both cinematography that adds a patina of grain to its naturalistic color palette and the film's immersive design details, the look of "Argo" is historically appropriate and eye-catching. The cast, led by a stoic Affleck and more-than-solid turns…