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  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jun, 2016 1

    Off topic: If I have to sit through one more Secret Life of Pets trailer, so help me God...

    Anyway, here's my full review at Looking Closer.

  • Eye in the Sky

    Eye in the Sky 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jun, 2016 1

    Three things:

    1. The latest chapter of DCI Tennison's career shows her really losing her famous discernment.

    2. There are some wonderfully Hans Gruber-ish line readings in Alan Rickman's final big screen appearance (no, I don't count Alice Through the Looking Glass). He goes out on a doozy of a line here.

    3. I can't watch a child play with an extruded plastic dingus without hearing Stravinsky's "Firebird" and imagining that, somewhere near Muncie, Norville Barnes is smiling.

    Otherwise, this…

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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…