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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016 7

    Part of the post-tiff decompression week.

    Whoa that's a lot of bangs! This one might have fared better had I worked my way up to it a little more easily. You can't go from Paterson and Certain Women to this without at least 5 or 6 thriller/actioners in between.

    There were a few things I liked about Captain America: Civil War. I appreciated that they addressed the elephant in the room: the fact that these actioners go about pretending to…

  • Money Monster

    Money Monster 2016

    ★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2016 8

    This was exactly what I needed: post-tiff check your brains at the door entertainment. No subtitles, no long pauses, no silences, just pure Hollywood, tropes and all. The kind of Hollywood that isn't going for an Oscar. The kind that just entertains. You could do a lot worse than watching this one.

    George Clooney, a show-man anchor for an investment TV show gets more than he bargained for when an irate investor shows up in the studio. Julia Roberts, the…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 92

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 243

    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…