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  • The Purge: Anarchy 2014

    ★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2014

    This could have been a great art film if it had comprised of Frank Grillo's armed vigilante roaming the streets on Purge night witnessing travesty after travesty offscreen, with the violence only occasionally spilling into his perspective. By the end of the night, he simply gives up his vengeful intentions. Now that's a movie I would watch.

    Instead, we get PURGE: ANARCHY.

  • Transcendence 2014

    ★½ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    A real dog (no offense to real dogs). Maybe I could have gotten over the pompous profundity if this thing was well paced and actually crafted. Instead, it's a scrambled up, glossily shot social critique that's just as delusional as Depp's power-hungry sentient being.

  • The Big Clock 1948

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jul, 2014

    Strange, idiosyncratic noir that kicks into gear (my one clock pun) late in the film when Farrow confines the action to an elaborate maze of a newspaper building. Hokey, but kind of great. And Charles Laughton is wonderfully seedy and vile.

  • Wish I Was Here 2014

    ★★ Watched 10 Jul, 2014

    Cloying, pandering, and unrelentingly precious, or a Zach Braff movie. I did admire Kate Hudson's reserved, poignant, and charming performance. She rekindled a little of that ALMOST FAMOUS magic after a good 14 year gap.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★ Watched 08 Jul, 2014

    You can see a lot of Reeves' best qualities in the opening 30 minutes. Quiet, atmospheric images of outcasts attempting to live independently. Nature as a shield from human encroachment. It really is beautiful, until the plot kicks in. Reeves handles the shift admirably, and DAWN manages to retain a nasty veracity despite its PG-13 rating. Serkis, once again, reigns supreme as Caesar. His performance should be recognized come awards season, but it won't be.

  • Venus in Fur 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2014

    Don't judge a book (or actress) by its cover.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2014

    Third time in two weeks and my admiration has only grown with each viewing. This thing pummels on the big screen.

  • Ravenous 1999

    ★★★ Rewatched 02 Jul, 2014

    This is one weird movie.

  • Night Moves 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    Baffled by the cool reception. Reichardt has made a superb 1970s paranoia film set in the modern day. Fascinating for its slow, crushing, infinite suffocation of idealism.

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2014

    Quite special, moving, and celebratory. Hit a sweet spot for this cinephile that came of age in the early 1990s.

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    So awful it's boring.

  • Korengal 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2014

    Essentially bonus features to RESTREPO.