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  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2016

    Channing Tatum is a goddamn national treasure.

  • The Glamour & The Squalor

    The Glamour & The Squalor 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2016

    I've only interacted with Marco Collins on social media, but his story was one I was very interested to learn more about. As a gay man who grew up in a rural town with a love for "weird' music who ended up programming one of the country's most beloved modern rock radio stations for over a decade, I feel a kinship to Marco.

    He definitely had a more interesting gig at times than I did because of location (and he…

  • Goosebumps

    Goosebumps 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2016

    I am (a little) too old to have grown up with the "Goosebumps" series, but this was a surprisingly enjoyable take on the whole phenomena. Even though I wasn't familiar with all of the books, it was legitimately fun to watch the monsters burst to life, crossing over into the real world. Too intense for younger kids, but just right for pre-teens, this is clever, engaging and nicely cast.

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2016

    Packed with a perfect cast of characters, I loved all of the twists and turns in this tale of magic and loss.

    How did I miss this one upon its original release?

    I mean, Christopher Nolan snuck this one out in between Batman Begins and The Dark Night. I guess that it was just a very busy time for me professionally (it would have been the transition from 'angel investors' to lala.com-era WOXY and I wasn't watching as many movies during that stretch). Still, this is a monster of a film to have never caught on the big screen.

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    The CGI work was a little over-the-top, but the 35mm cinematography is beautiful. Cate Blanchett keeps it all above board. It's a tale as old as time, but I was mostly impressed and thought it was fun.

  • 24 Hour Party People

    24 Hour Party People 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2016

    After spending the day mourning Bowie, I really wasn't sure about still heading out to a late-night Music Monday screening. The only reason that we did manage was because I imagined it was the only time I'd ever have a chance to see this film projected on film.

    I hadn't seen the movie since it came out, so I forgot it was shot on early digital video. This meant that the benefit of seeing it on the big screen was…

  • Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

    Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2016

    Bowie's last performance as Ziggy happened in the summer of 1973, a year and a half before I was born. It's mind-boggling to me that this elegant, gender-bending creature came from the future to save my soul before I even knew I needed it.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2016

    I resisted, which was foolish. I legitimately enjoyed the ride and I kind of want J.J. Abrams to take over every important franchise.

  • This is Happening

    This is Happening 2015

    ★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2016

    Writer/director Ryan Jaffe makes his directorial debut with this dramedy starring James Wolk (Mad Men) and Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) as an estranged sibling duo forced together on a road trip to try and convince their ailing grandmother (Cloris Leachman) to transition into nursing home care.

    The film exhibits the obvious limitations of low-budget fare (just look at any scene that takes place in a car to see what I mean), but both lead actors try their hardest…

  • Jem and the Holograms

    Jem and the Holograms 2015

    ★½ Watched 06 Jan, 2016

    First things first, I adore Aubrey Peeples. As Layla Grant on ABC's "Nashville," she has grown from a very minor character into an emotional powerhouse with great musical performances.

    I remain convinced she could have more successfully led this movie if she had a stronger script, but unfortunately this mess plays out like 12 movies in one. There's a middle class/family getting evicted story, becoming an internet sensation story, the big bad music industry story, love story and, inexplicably, dead…

  • Daft Punk Unchained

    Daft Punk Unchained 2015

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2016

    A pretty soft look at the French duo, but I learned some things I did not know before and, obviously, the music rules. Flashed me back to CMJ 1997 when I saw them perform for the first time (pre-robot).

  • Heroin: Cape Cod, USA

    Heroin: Cape Cod, USA 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2016

    This was very difficult viewing, especially after a recent fatal overdose from an acquaintance.