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  • The Equalizer 2014

    ★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    "There’s nothing wrong with being unassuming. In a world where everybody pretends to be a celebrity living the high life, one wishes more people would keep their head down and keep to themselves. When they do, they develop a quiet confidence; an ineffable quality that emits wisdom and intelligence. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of work to be unassuming. It requires a resistance to temptation that most of us just don’t have…whether that temptation is looking flash, or filming a hero walking slo-mo through the rain...."

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    "Every guy has been there. It’s a roomful of strangers, some he knows – some he doesn’t. The occasion for the gathering isn’t anything deeply personal, which is to say it’s nothing he can’t duck out of. In the middle of this, he sees a pretty face and realizes that face is one he’d like to get to know better. But how to do it?

    Ordinarily it comes by pretending to be someone you’re not. When that happens, we men…

  • The Boxtrolls 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    "A week or so ago, someone sent me a link they’d come across to a collection of fairy tales. The usual suspects were there of course: Beauty and The Beast, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and the like. But then as I sifted through it, I discovered dozens and dozens of fairy tales I’d never even heard of before that seemed fascinating. Stories with titles like The Golden Blackbird, Toads and Diamonds, and Nunda – Eater of People. It seemed…

  • What If 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2014

    "25 years ago, one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time came into our lives and asked one key question:

    Can men and women be friends?

    It’s amazing to think that its been that long since WHEN HARRY MET SALLY first posed the question to us, especially when we think about how much has changed in the world around us. The very nature of relationships has changed, with some people just looking for company, some people looking for a…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    "There’s something to be said for the misfits. The teams that are not prototypical and the plans that seem like lunacy. That line between genius and madness? It can seem a little blurry at times. So why not try to extract brilliance from the truly insane? Why not turn your story over to characters largely unknown outside of a very small sliver of comic book readers? Why not give the ball to your bench squad for once?..."

  • A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    As Bachmann, Phillip Seymour Hoffman does a lot of things depending on what is required to complete his mission. At times he plays father figure, at times he plays confidant. Sometimes he shows chilling precision, sometimes he shows weakness for vices. He is so many things to so many people, and in that we see not only what makes Bachmann so good at what he does, but also what made Hoffman so good at what he did.

    Bachmann is the…

  • Wish I Was Here 2014

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    "Ten years ago, a movie struck a chord with me. It spoke about how “growing up” continues well into our twenties and how we can sometimes find ourselves out-of-place in that time. It was quirky and cute, but came built with a high degree of honesty. I’ve never stopped liking that film, but in recent years discovered that I had outgrown it…mostly because I am ten years older and don’t feel the way I did in my mid-twenties.

    This summer,…

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    "By taking the video game structure and grafting it on to a class struggle, SNOWPIERCER dares to do more. It easily could have leaned back on its haunches and settled on being just a movie about a brawl on a train. However, by painting its picture in the colours of the class divide, the movie gains a resonance that most summer action flicks sorely miss. The funny thing about that resonance, is that we often forget we’re missing it since so many action flicks sidestep it completely. It’s almost happening so frequently that audiences don’t know what they’re missing out on.


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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    " makes us remember what our parents told us when we were small. It’s tangible in the way our children asked us harder questions when they got tall. It understands that while none of us will ever know what it feels like to flee a giant lizard or fly a mighty dragon, that we have all looked at a beautiful person of the opposite sex and wanted to kiss them. We’ve all wanted to be better than our parents, and…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014

    What does it mean to evolve? Is it strictly about what we are physically capable of – standing upright and having opposable thumbs? Is it only about being able to speak and be understood? Or is it perhaps what we do with that increased dexterity and what we say in our speaking voices?

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  • The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jul, 2014

    "In a weird co-incidence, I found myself sitting in a cinema on The 4th of July watching a film about early 20th century American immigrants. When the co-incidence sprang to mind, I couldn’t help but think about the current state of immigration in America (and Canada) and the testy conversations that sparks. I began to wonder what our grandparents would think of these conversations…or our great-grandparents. The same hardships and prejudices we direct at current foreigners looking to our countries for hope was once directed at our own families. THE IMMIGRANT is their plea, their prayer, and their passage..."

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  • Obvious Child 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jun, 2014

    "...Any time a film has the guts to be authentic, it’s a reason to celebrate. While movies can serve as escapism and a way to get away from the sorts of predicaments Donna finds herself in, they can also be a mirror. They can remind us that even when we feel like we are at our most-mixed-up, and cannot possibly come up with “the right answer”, that we aren’t the first person to feel that way…nor will we be the…