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  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 15 Nov, 2014

    Watching this again helped me realize how much I missed the first time around and I enjoyed the movie more by catching all these gaps on a second watch. Also, I relished getting googly-eyed all over again for the blue sweater Bond at Skyfall which left a far greater impression than any of his form-hugging suits. This movie, with the departure of Judi Dench's M, is almost like another reboot within the current reboot of Bond who comes back from…

  • Now You See Me 2013

    ★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    While the magic was enjoyable the random love connection at the end ruined it for me. I don't refute that Melanie Laurent is gorgeous and apparently a runner up for the Fast & Furious crew, but why would she be fall for someone who put up such a successful ass front (inadvertent oxymoron, hey-o)? For all the Jesse Eisenberg fans, myself included, his signature smugness was on point.

    The shoutout to 5 POINTS wins it the extra half star from this outer-borough resident.

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    As someone who read the book, I had my own preconceived notions of what Nick and Amy would look like or what Amy's diary voice would sound like. Though my version of Amy was a bit more shrill (yes, shrewlike) with a more constant state of narrowed eyes, Rosamund Pike brought a more subtle (and better, I admit) version to life that captivated me from the get-go. I mainly remember Pike as virtue personified in her role as Jane Bennet…

  • The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2014

    I don't know why I resisted laughing in the beginning of this movie but I stopped being a party pooper at the appearance of the $37 cup of coffee. I especially loved the ridiculous dei ex machina when they were momentarily stuck out on the sea. Perhaps blasphemy to some but this felt like a nimbler rendering of the story the emotionally cumbersome Wreck-It Ralph tried to tell.