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  • A Man for All Seasons

    A Man for All Seasons 1966

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Oct, 2016

    I remember when this was a very popular movie among evangelical Christians — the idea being that is sinful to compromise your devotion to God by supporting a corrupt leader and shrugging off his womanizing ways in order to gain political advantage. I guess that makes me old, that I can remember those days.

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic 2016

    ★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2016 3

    Who wouldn't want to check out a film that could be pitched as "The Mosquito Coast meets The Kings of Summer meets Little Miss Sunshine"?

    I was surprised by how much this movie persuaded me that this family was living sustainably in the woods not far from my home. It's a fantasy, but close attention to idiosyncratic details and convincing depictions of grief made me care.

    Then, the film draws us into a messy collision of the father's idealism and…

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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…