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  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    I can see why the reviews are scattered across about every ground imaginable for this film. I was constantly torn between being riveted and being nearly repulsed by American Sniper, which is another entry in a recent downslide in Clint Eastwood's resume as director.

    Bradley Cooper is very impressive in the lead, and watching him progressively choose more personally challenging roles to mold himself into a more dedicated actor is a thing of surprising relief. But the rest of the…

  • Locke 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2015

    Folding out like a one man play and taking place at the wheel of a BMW for all of its 84 minutes, Locke maintains a watchable quality due to the capabilities of Tom Hardy as a lead.

    I was invested with Ivan Locke's many various immediate struggles, but I can't say the film followed through on what it set up all that well. I would have been happy with another 15-20 with this story and this intriguing person.

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  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2012 16

    No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.

    As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2012 3

    I saw this on opening night, but I've waited two days to write down some of my thoughts on it and it already feels like I'm late to the party. There have been countless reviews logged in on here as of late, so I feel compelled to keep this semi-short and ultra-sweet, because its outrageous brilliance is no longer a mystery.

    We knew it would only be a matter of time before Tarantino would create an epic spaghetti western, and…