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  • Rango

    Rango

    ★★★★½

    This was a lot better than I expected it to be. The realistic animation with occasional dips into absurdity was a breath of fresh air in a world where every talking-animal CGI movie can't seem to move away from the Pixar style.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★½

    Jackie is a masterpiece. It begins in the shadow of John Kennedy, discordant strings blaring, and slowly becomes about what may be the strongest woman in American history. Natalie Portman brings Mrs. Kennedy to life is a most extraordinary way. Her face is in near-perpetual grief yet there's a steely strength even in her sobs. The blood splattered hose lingers in the mind as scenes become unstuck in time. It's a week, but we're lost in the grief as Jackie is, even as she must be the strength of her children, her brother-in-law, and her nation.

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.

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  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    The Devil and Daniel Johnston

    ★★★★★

    I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.