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  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★

    Charming and sweet, never saccharine...an Irish teen inspired by the new wave movement circa mid-80's starts a band to impress a girl, then they have to learn to play!

    Movies like this are hard to pull off, inevitably the music needs to feel authentic to the time, but not polished...these kids are just learning. The film succeeds and gives a really wonderful glimpse of the creative process making music. Seriously, you want to cheer these kids on and pump your fist in the air!

    This is easily a favorite of 2016!

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    The films biggest problem is the lack of emotional resonance with the protagonists. Yes, there are moments you feel the struggle, the desperation, but they are just moments. It's a film of moments. Harrowing, desperate battles with no positive outcome for our heroes, moments of inferred tension...it's there, technically, but 2 minutes later, you don't really care.

    Nothing resonates, not in any meaningful way. Your just left with fantastical images, set and costume design...it's all good, as should be expected,…

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  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★

    I can't imagine this movie not animated! It's not that it wouldn't be as interesting done live action, It would just defeat the point. Everything looks familiar, but not quite. It's as if the animated world is interpreting ours.

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★

    Everybody Wants Some is 2 hours of hanging out with best friends. It feels familiar enough to engage the audience, but personal enough to feel like someone else sharing a great, youthful memory. You enjoy spending every minute with these characters and when it ends, you want more time with them. Just like youth, it's fleeting and you just have to savor every moment. Relentlessly fun and funny, but never pointless and really has more going on under the surface if you care to look.