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  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Mar, 2015

    Baumbach, it must be noted, wrote this film solo, without the seemingly idealistic spirit of Gerwig, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that its point of view is so much more cynical than those of their collaborations. But what does it say about him (as, at the very least, a storyteller) that this is where his presumptions and prejudices go?


  • The Sure Thing

    The Sure Thing 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2015

    Considering its winking title and the bikini-leering opening sequence, accompanied by neon-styled credits and Rod Stewart’s “Infatuation,” you’d be forgiven for presuming Rob Reiner’s 1985 'Spinal Tap' follow-up is a typical ‘80s teen sex comedy. But this is a better film than that, from a smarter filmmaker; what looks and sounds initially like a 'Porky’s' or 'Last American Virgin' is far closer to 'It Happened One Night.' John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga are well cast as a charming fast-talker and…

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2014

    A beautiful, bizarre, and occasionally troubling bit of abstract art-house sci-fi in the Beyond the Black Rainbow vein from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). Scarlett Johansson (who appears in just about every frame) plays a well-disguised alien creature who picks up men and devours them; some have dismissed the picture as an indie riff on Species, but if the narrative is derivative and a tad monotonous, there’s something intoxicating about the fluidity of Glazer’s striking images and the mood he manages to sustain throughout the peculiar tale.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2014

    Richard Linklater and his cast shot this chronicle of a young man’s life in bits and pieces over 12 years, a narrative feat all but unparalleled in modern cinema. But the great pleasure of Boyhood is how its tremendous ambition is belied by the picture’s charming modesty; in its pacing and approach, it is very much in the shambling vein of the Before trilogy and Slacker. It also shares those films’ verbosity, its characters frequently engaging in searching conversations about…