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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★½

    I think I've said before that I don't buy that style without substance is necessarily a bad thing. DREDD (let's give it the all-caps it deserves, people) fits into this view nicely. Now, I certainly don't think DREDD is devoid of substance by any means, it has a nice, tightly designed action plot and I do think there is a nice progression of Anderson (well done by Thirlby, she's great). But really, this is a movie about style and aesthetics…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★½

    I'm not afraid to say I sort of really don't like David O Russell (I think I <3 Huckabees is garbage) but this was pretty ok, I suppose. It was certainly driven by a completely generic plot but the acting was pretty good—if lacking some depth and nuance—throughout (I'm an admitted Lawrence fanboy ever since seeing Winter's Bone), aside from DeNiro. I do think his character was a complete mess as was the whole ludicrous Eagles superstition/betting angle so I'm…

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  • War Photographer

    War Photographer

    ★★★★★

    This is an incredible look at an incredible man, and one of my favorite films ever. Natchwey is beyond interesting and the film doesn't candy coat anything. The "camera-on-a-camera" is brilliant and the rest of the film is made with a reverent, journalistic sensibility that is necessitated by the sobering subject matter. Beyond highly recommended.

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★★

    Stalker is my favorite film of all time. I find it difficult to put into words why I love it so much; partly because so much has already been said, and partly because my love for it really stems from its incredible elusiveness. I'm deeply interested in the visual aesthetics of film, and Stalker really captures me, as it mirrors my own minimal, still, methodical sensibilities. It's a glacial film that's as much a study as a story, and the…