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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2016 1

    One of 2015's most imaginative and thought-provoking films...

    ...he said. But then he glanced around, suddenly anxious, realizing that many other critics have said this very thing. Might he be saying this because others said it?

    Hey, look up there!

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    [Prep for seeing Hail, Caesar! by revisiting my dialogue with Matt Zoller Seitz about the theology of the Coen Brothers.]

    A powerful man sitting behind a desk? Check.

    A suitcase full of money? Check.

    A night drive on a dark and winding road? Check.

    High-speed banter à la Preston Sturges? You betcha.

    Yes indeed — Hail Caesar! is a movie by Joel and Ethan Coen. It has all of the defining characteristics.

    In fact, it’s more like a Coen Brothers…

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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…