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  • Citizenfour

    Citizenfour

    ★★★★½

    Must-watch. Such an important story.

  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely delightful. A true return to form for Favreau as a writer/director. Perfect allegory for his recent troubles in the Hollywood studio system. One of my favorite films of the year so far.

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  • The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    ★★★½

    Great style - good movie. Baz Luhrmann perfectly captures the incredible kineticism and excitement of last century's 20's with his hyper-edited cinematic perspective.

    Music supervised by Jay-Z was wonderful (including all the anachronistic songs - loved that), except for a little overuse of one song in the middle section of the film.

    Don't recall the novel well enough now to opine on the translation, but didn't seem to veer too much.

    Luhrmann focuses on the interpersonal aspect of the story…

  • Beginners

    Beginners

    ★★★★★

    Incredibly moving and very personal film about the fear that holds people back, and the courage needed to fully live one's life. Almost certainly holds a place on my best of 2011 list. Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor at this year's Oscars.