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  • Girlhood

    Girlhood 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    >BOYHOOD?

    Okay, that's too easy, even considering the proximity. And the films are two very different endeavors.

    But as a hook to get people to take a look at this, maybe it'll do.

    I came to care very much about Vic, and found the slow deterioration of hopes to be excruciating. The beautiful colors and composition throughout were a source of consolation, if almost a contradiction to the trajectory of the narrative. Clear nods to Bresson in the tender closeups…

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jun, 2015

    Two years. Two films named Leviathan.

    Now I've seen 'em both. Both are excellent. Both are harrowing.

    Both left me feeling, well, chewed up and spit out by a monster.

    A homeowner gets leaned on by the local mayor to sell his property so that the mayor can build a "palace." But he says no, teams up with a lawyer who takes chances, and makes a bold stand against manipulation and bullying. This is the stuff of classic, crowdpleasing American…

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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…