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  • Focus 2015

    ★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    Con artist Will Smith teaches a young protege the art of the con, but when the two of them fall in love, it complicates everything. So when the two of them accidentally meet up on one last big job, their feelings threaten to make them lose their focus and sacrifice everything. It's good to see Will Smith back in this kind of charming playboy role, and while the film is handsomely shot, it feels an awful lot like wealth porn.…

  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 1982

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 28 Feb, 2015

    Words can't express how much more sadness this film is imbued with in the wake of Leonard Nimoy's passing, but the fact remains that this is perhaps the most fully formed and deeply satisfying Star Trek adventure. While I may love the grandiosity of THE MOTION PICTURE, or the dramatic earnestness of THE SEARCH OF SPOCK, or the jaunty comedy of THE VOYAGE HOME, THE WRATH OF KHAN will forever be THE Star Trek movie. Ricardo Montalban's Khan is one…

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  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    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…

  • 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.