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  • Stardust

    Stardust 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Dec, 2015

    After several failed attempts this finally hit, and hit hard.

  • Hector and the Search for Happiness

    Hector and the Search for Happiness 2014

    ★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    Has one of those first hours that might encourage many people to just shut it off. Cluttered and scattershot and just shouting in your face that the qualities of it demand a miniseries treatment rather than a film. It jetsets around so much that the segments don't get enough time to resonate any more than a road trip comedy full of Large Marges and French robot mimes.

    If you tough it out though, the second hour is pretty lovely and…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    Better in retrospect than how I felt immediately after completing it. Went in cold so a pleasant surprise in how it's more of a bizarre Predator sequel than a proper western. Could use around 35 minutes of trimming, scalpel method.

  • The Wolfpack

    The Wolfpack 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    Disappointing considering the hype and the ripe subject matter. Doesn't ask nearly enough of its subjects, and the sweded films vs. abuse basically cancel each other out in tone. Gets a pass on the content it does have even if its not particularly well realized. On US Netflix.

  • The Last Unicorn

    The Last Unicorn 1982

    ★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2015 1

    First time watch. I spent most of the time casting it, and I can't decide if wizard boy looks more like Beck or Zach Braff.

  • The Prince of Pennsylvania

    The Prince of Pennsylvania 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2015

    For all of the complaints on the accuracy of Foxcatcher from some of the real life players, the 30 for 30 doc feels like you know all of this already. On Netflix.

  • The Night Before

    The Night Before 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    For my taste Levine is still batting 1.000 as a director, while also overcoming mediocre or straight up bad trailers. While largely no more intelligent than the Harold and Kumar Christmas movie - it's still a stoner comedy at heart - it has care for its characters and as it goes along it gradually graduates into a yuletide version of After Hours. And I laughed more than I normally do, which is rarely.

  • Buffalo Soldiers

    Buffalo Soldiers 2001

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Kind of dated and blatantly Tarantino inspired, but fun.

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment

    The Stanford Prison Experiment 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Bleak and to the point to the degree that by the end it starts to wear out its welcome, but certainly an upgrade from Das Experiment while still oddly feeling European in presentation.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    A well-realized procedural for me is often the fastest 2 hours I can spend in a movie theater, and Spotlight is no different.

    McCarthy has made 2 great movies in the past (not so sure about his other output), and while none of them are much to write home about visually, he's a strong actors-director, and he certainly makes the most of his ensemble, with each part given their due, and not just as exposition machines, as they gradually unlock…

  • Birdy

    Birdy 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    There aren't nearly enough male-friendship movies out there worth your time, but this is one of them. Apparently this won big at Cannes in 1984, but aside from some nice flourishes I will admit I don't see that, as this is perhaps more a prototype for the Powder-esque outsider movies of the 90s and even the disability movies that fill up most Oscar seasons nowadays. It's very aw-shucks at times which can grate given how full bore they go with…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Perhaps not what a number of people wanted, however Mockingjay Part 2 finds both F-Law and J-Law oozing with PTSD, and I couldn't be much happier about that. Characters in blockbusters that truly wear all that has happened on their faces really work for me, and given that Mockingjay manages to be war-movie bleak and batshit loony in several sequences and still seem like the same movie makes me appreciate that all the more. Lawrence essentially gets a do-over on…