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  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    ★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2015

    The script is by Kurt Sutter, which is to say that the characters are archetypes of the Biblical, Shakespearean, and Scorsesean varieties. McAdams gets saddled with the weight of playing star-crossed lover and Lady Macbeth simultaneously: She mouths off to a rival during press conferences, but begs Jake to retire during post-fight cuddles, and then—when said rival’s posse fires a shot during a scuffle—she takes a bullet. It would be generous to even say that McAdams plays a character. Her…

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2015

    There’s one profoundly moving composition where Apatow's camera stares at the couple, head-on, while they sit side by side in a cab: Townsend has propositioned Connors, and he’s working out the possibilities and trying to catch up while she’s smirking in anticipation. And your eyes bounce between the two just trying to keep pace with the flirtation. The moment contains everything we need to know about the characters and their relationship—she’s in charge, he’s along for the ride, and they’re…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 1

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "Keep" written on the front frames. Just passing that along.

  • Lucy

    Lucy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 2

    What if 2001's star-child featured in an(other) action movie about the creation and evolution of human existence? And what if this time the star-child was Scarlett Johansson?

    A blonde bombshell superhero travels through a narrative that demands she graduate from ubermensch to God. Johansson first mows down bad guys, then chases down knowledge to evolve humanity, then takes control of the human race itself. So Luc Besson's Lucy is built on a daring philosophical idea: that religious narratives, evolution theory,…