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  • The Overnighters 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25:40.

    A North Dakota pastor opens up his church to an influx of desperate men, homeless and seeking a job in the newly booming oil fields. But fear of these strangers soon turns the tiny town against the pastor's quest to give these men a second chance at life, turning what was once a man's…

  • Home Alone 1990

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014

    Fewer producers had their pulse on the zeitgeist of 1980s and early 90s with such a strong auteur-ial voice as John Hughes. HOME ALONE remains a seminal work of pop culture that has so deeply weeded its way into our collective consciousness that it's easy to forget that it was once just another family comedy that ended up spawning legions of imitators throughout the 1990s. It's specific brand of booby-trap slapstick became a template for American comedy for a decade…

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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.