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  • Transcendence 2014

    ★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    This is some mighty goofy shit — which would matter less if it didn’t take itself so very seriously. Yet it’s all very solemn and faux-prescient, even when Computer Will is using his scientific brilliance and wireless networking to create an army of indestructible self-healers (yes, seriously), but there are enough plot holes to fill the giant underground data center that Computer Will and Evelyn somehow construct in a week or two without anyone noticing. In fairness and even admiration, it must be noted that it is a film of ideas. It’s just that so many of them are bad ones.

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  • Columbo

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    "Murder by the Book," directed by Spielberg, teleplay by Steven Bochco. These kids have a future, I tells ya.

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  • 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…

  • Hateship Loveship 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    Though they couldn’t be more different stylistically, Liza Johnson’s adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story is strangely reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson’s 'Punch Drunk Love' — it places a Saturday Night Live performer’s oddball persona in the real world, and takes it seriously. The star this time is Kristen Wiig, playing one of her painfully shy, oddly unassuming, and socially awkward types, a housekeeper who tumbles into a deeply dysfunctional family. A muted sadness permeates the narrative, and at times…