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  • Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure

    Manifest Destiny: The Lewis & Clark Musical Adventure 2016

    Watched 23 Jul, 2016

    Attended a special SIFF screening for some of the filmmaking team and their friends and families. Not really the kind of occasion where I'm in a position to be a film reviewer — just fun to see a lot of people celebrating a first feature-length effort.

  • The Witch

    The Witch 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2016 1

    [This review has been revised and relocated to Looking Closer.]

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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…