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  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2016

    "To listen – to really listen – is spectacularly hard. It requires setting aside impression, position, and any ideas of counter-statement. It can only thrive through true consideration, and a deep amount of patience. It requires being completely unconcerned with what is right, and instead being willing to realize what is true.

    Let’s be honest: most of us do not have it in us. We aren’t interested in listening, we are only interested in waiting for our turn to speak..."

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  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    "Time and again, we are witness to that moment of transition – that point where one soul needs to pack up the car and hug another soul goodbye. That should be a miserable experience, but instead it is continually bittersweet and heartwarming. It allows us to witness the beginnings and endings of singular relationships and remember when we held that place for someone in our lives.

    It reminds us of time where we knew we belonged..."

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  • The Light Between Oceans

    The Light Between Oceans 2016

    ★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2016

    "What’s incredible to see in THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS is the way the parents all fight for their place in Lucy-Grace’s life. By nature and by nurture, they all have an equal claim to their importance to the five-year-old-girl, but at a certain moment one is left to wonder; are these people acting in the child’s best interest, or their own?..."

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  • Indignation

    Indignation 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2016

    "Stories like INDIGNATION aren’t about telling us a tale we’ve never heard before. This is not the first film about trying to assimilate, trying to forge identity, or trying to outrun demons…and it won’t be the last. It’s not the what that matters in a film like this, it’s the how.

    For instance, how INDIGNATION goes about questioning whether or not Marcus is fitting in at Winesburg is by sitting him in the Dean’s office for a conversation that is…

  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jun, 2016

    If this fish story feels a lot like waters we have waded in before, it’s because…well…we have.

    So why return? Well, perhaps because it’s been thirteen long years and a new generation of filmgoers deserve a chance to watch this sort of aquatic homecoming on a big screen. Perhaps that stretch of time has given kids who adored the original a chance to come back as young adults, and be moved by their beloved heroes in way their young minds never appreciated.

    Perhaps a little of both.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse 2016

    Watched 28 May, 2016

    This is not a question of Marvel-versus-DC, or of believing this franchise is better than that franchise. This is the realization that the people at Fox, and Bryan Singer specifically have stopped caring about telling stories. No character has been well-developed after all this time, no lessons have been learned. This group isn’t going on emotional journeys so much as they are crossing paths and hitting each other.

    These (X-Men) films have become action figure fights where the same characters…

  • Money Monster

    Money Monster 2016

    ★★★ Watched 14 May, 2016

    "...If nothing else, MONEY MONSTER deserves points for once again asking how it is we continue to idly stand back and watch. Forty years ago, NETWORK dared to ask a similar question, and if anything it seems as though things have got worse since we weren’t going to take it anymore. Not so much at the top – things at the top of our society have always been rotten and will always be rotten. It’s down here amongst the unwashed…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2016

    "One constant to human nature is that we have real problems handling changes to the status quo. Any twist to the usual routine seems to set us on edge; whether it’s as minor as a rescheduling of our bus route, or as major as a new political party taking power. The difficulty in accepting change gets heightened when it comes to the well-being of our families. There are deep roots that are tricky to augment, and protective instincts that need to be overcome.

    In short, accepting change is often an alien concept..."

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    Watched 24 Mar, 2016

    "The funny thing about comic books is the way they have often reflected society in North America at the time they were brought to life. So during times of great unrest – like the Civil Rights era, or Post-9/11 America – our heroes and villains were drawn into stories and scenes that reflected the lives of the audience they were speaking to. Is it possible then, that comic book movies likewise reflect what is going on in moviegoers minds?


  • The Bronze

    The Bronze 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Mar, 2016

    "There’s an unspoken contract that every international athlete has to sign. It says that an entire country will rally behind them, cheer for them, send them positive energy and deep wells of support in the quest to achieve greatness on the world stage. In exchange, the masses want the athlete to represent the ideal.

    They want them to be bright, wholesome, an icon for what our countries represent. Seems like a fair trade…but what happens when both sides have fulfilled…

  • The Little Prince

    The Little Prince 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2016

    "We are forever consumed with wondering “…and then what happened?”. We are seldom satisfied with ambiguity or inconclusiveness, and can hardly be trusted to imagine for ourselves. We want something finite and self-contained.

    THE LITTLE PRINCE knows this and uses it against us. It knows that no grown-up in the world could be satisfied with the original story’s conclusion of The Little Prince just leaving The Aviator behind. Logical adults would want to know what happened then – to The…

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2016

    "...what is sad and disconcerting is that it is 2016 and we still have to teach our children those notions in the hopes that eventually the concept will stick. We still live in a world where one’s looks and lineage supersedes how hard they are willing to work in the eyes of many. One would hope that by now, such xenophobia would be behind us…but unfortunately there are still many who believe that the bunnies of our world cannot be…