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  • Mr. Holmes

    Mr. Holmes 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Dec, 2016

    Sometimes, a performance is enough to carry a film. McKellan is a far better and more interesting Holmes the Beekeeper than he was Gandalf the White.

    Also: Carter Burwell.

    But let's stop while talking about what works.

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea 2016

    ★★★ Watched 08 Dec, 2016 3

    Moodslumper By the Sad.

    This would've been a lot more fun if Kyle Chandler had been playing an older version of Ben Affleck from Good Will Hunting and Casey were reprising his role from that film.

    Every fine actor in this film delivers. But, for the first time with a Lonergan film, the heaviness weighing on everything stifles the movie. I just never feel enough fight in it: It's just Hard Life Guy Suffers Hard Things After What We Suspect…

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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…