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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2015 1

    Engrossing, but somewhat in spite of itself. I like its chilly tones, its bisected compositions, its constant play with boundaries transparent and opaque. (I love how Caleb asks Ava if she knows what "break the ice" means, because the cracked glass we've already seen tells us that she thinks about little more than that.)

    Gleeson is well cast as this movie's Theodore Twombly, and Vikander's performance — like Johansson's in Under the Skin — is impressively controlled.

    But something's not…

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2015

    Run, run, run, jump, hold on to airplane, leap off airplane, fight, get captured, endure kidney punches, escape, run, run, go the the opera, fight on spotlight scaffold, mimic Indiana Jones fistfight expressions, shoot, dive into underground water tank, hold breath, struggle, hold breath longer, run, run, run, drive car down long stairway, crash, steal motorcycle, race, race, race, run, run... all while mentioning "the disc" as often as possible.

    It's like a T.S. Eliot action movie, every scene thoroughly…

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  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Jan, 2015 5

    Thank God Almighty.

    Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.

    Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 Aug, 2015 2

    Passes my most important test for great comedy: It was funny the first time — and yet it's much, much funnier the second time.