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  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015 3

    Once again, I took a chance on a superhero movie based on positive buzz from some typically reliable sources. Once again, I just don't get what they're so excited about.

    There was a time when I might have found this film exhilarating — and it's worth noting that I'm referring to a time when these assembly-line desserts hadn't become the main staple of America's moviegoing diet, served up on an almost weekly basis.

    Ant-Man is yet another blockbusting Baskin Robbins…

  • Persona

    Persona 1966

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    "The chasm between what you are to others and what you are to yourself. ... The constant hunger to be unmasked once and for all."

    Finally, I've seen this — one of the pillars that holds up the roof under which so many of the movies of my own lifetime have been made.

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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…

  • The World's End

    The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2013 1

    I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…