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  • Run All Night

    Run All Night 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Mar, 2015

    Serra/Neeson extravaganza coming soon...

  • Merchants of Doubt

    Merchants of Doubt 2014

    ★★½ Watched 05 Mar, 2015

    Your run-of-the-mill lefty doc that is entertaining, somewhat balanced, and completely forgettable. A dime a dozen.

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★½ Watched 04 Mar, 2015

    What a strange movie. Borderline incompetent at times, then oddly affecting and intelligent at others. I think there's a pretty interesting statement about policing and injustice in this cinematic Frankenstein, but the narrative is so riddled with tonal shifts and plot turns it's hard to know for sure. The Jackman side plot really suffocates the insanely extended family element going on with Chappie and Dev and those crazy South African rappers. Still, I prefer this to Elysium's strained self-seriousness and incoherence and District 9's brazenly self-righteous narrative.

  • Dumb and Dumber To

    Dumb and Dumber To 2014

    ★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2015

    A movie this passionately committed to such idiotic protagonists and inane reverie has to be admired. At least by me.

  • China Gate

    China Gate 1957

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    About 100 years ahead of its time.

  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Step Up All In

    Step Up All In 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2015

    For the first 40 glorious minutes I thought this might be giving STEP UP 3D a run for its money, but alas once the story goes to Las Vegas all the momentum and energy gets funneled into cheesy romantic tropes. Still, this is a wonderful example of why the STEP UP series offers such a lovely and vibrant anecdote to what most of Hollywood stands for these days. Explosions of movement constructed in the name of genuine camaraderie, creation, and commitment.

  • Beyond the Lights

    Beyond the Lights 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    A personal & loving rebuke of fabricated imagery, false idols, & our current pop culture idiocracy. Wonderful and moving.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Jan, 2015

    Mutuality is a primitive force of nature and something truly romantic. Is that tangible enough for you?

  • Stations of the Elevated

    Stations of the Elevated 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    A glorious telephoto world of snaking tracks, cement corridors, and swerving glass buildings.

  • Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1

    Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Jan, 2015

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2015 2

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of…