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  • Actress 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Nov, 2014

    Director Robert Greene blurs the lines between fact and fiction both formally and thematically in his documentary portrait of Brandy Burre, an actress best known for her role in HBO's THE WIRE, who gives up acting to have a family. But domestic bliss isn't in the cards for her, as her restless spirit begins to call her back to the stage, even as she finds her personal life beginning to crumble around her. Greene deftly explore the line between fantasy…

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2014

    Described as the first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour's striking black and white horror film, A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT is easily one of the year's most aesthetically thrilling films. Reminiscent of the work of Jean Rollin, it is a surreal nightmare about a burqa wearing vampire roaming the streets of a town known as Bad City. Tinged with both horror and western elements, Amirpour weaves a haunting tale that subverts the patriarchal society of which it is…

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  • The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…