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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    What? This ISN'T the best Marvel movie yet? Sorry, I couldn't hear you over its deafening greatness. But seriously, this is an excellent action movie with a lot of heart but no over-the-top sentimentality. It moves at a great clip, the performances are solid, and the soundtrack and score blend perfectly. It might not have the heft of The Avengers or Iron Man 3, but it's just so satisfying.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    Magnificent production design. Great score. Solid performances. Steady balance of macabre and action sequences and weirdness and horror. Just a fantastic film all around.

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  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2014

    Absolutely devastating. It's beautifully directed and acted, and so jarring that I haven't stopped thinking about several specific shots.

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2013

    Sharp, witty, and occasionally wrenching take on what mental illness looks like for someone who never quite grew up, and someone else who did way too fast. Maybe it's because this is a subject near and dear to my heart, but I loved this unabashedly. It's sincere without being over the top and wonderfully acted.