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  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2015

    Filled with legitimate laugh-out-loud moments, this is a dialogue-free slapstick gem.

  • 45 Years

    45 Years 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2015

    Charlotte Rampling gives a devastatingly beautiful performance in Andrew Haigh's follow-up to Weekend. The film is simultaneously intricate and subtle, a reflection on a longterm relationship where damaging secrets can still be revealed after decades together.

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2015

    Utterly charming and note-perfect period piece with a phenomenal performance by Saoirse Ronan.

  • Where To Invade Next

    Where To Invade Next 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2015

    Aside from the fact that I'd like to cut & condition his fucking hair, the latest film from Michael Moore left quite an impact on me (I cried on more than one occasion). At times, it's unfocused and the fact that he's frequently on screen will keep plenty of people away, but it should be required viewing during this contentious election season.

  • Secret in Their Eyes

    Secret in Their Eyes 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2015

    Had I never seen the original film, I may have loved this. As is, I respect the fact that they retained the darkest twists of the original, but all I can say is that it's a servicable remake. Julia Roberts gives it her all and I do love the character switch here as a grieving mother's tale of revenge is maybe an even better way to present the story. At the end of the day, it just pales in comparison to a much, much better film.

  • Love

    Love 2015

    ★★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2015

    The work of Gaspar Noe is fascinating to me, despite it being overtly heteronormative and desperate to elicit shock. Love is the least successful of his films to date, although not without its striking moments.

    The cinematography is beautiful, although the 3D doesn't do much except for allow a shallow depth of field and to give us an actual in-your-face cumshot. The sex scenes are incredibly explicit for a film to garner any kind of mainstream release, but this is…

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Nov, 2015 1

    I wasn't even able to make it through the trailer for this film without crying several times in the theater, so I was shocked that I didn't get super emotional during the movie. No, it was as we walked out the movie that I damn near burst into tears with almost every step and I needed some time to gather myself. Brie Larson, Joan Allen and young Jacob Tremblay are all outstanding.

  • Seymour: An Introduction

    Seymour: An Introduction 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2015

    I was utterly charmed by Seymour Bernstein, a classical pianist who has devoted his life to teaching instead of performing. We learn about his history and watch him gear up for his first public performance in decades. He's had a well-lived and simple life, but for the students who have learned from him, he's had an incredible impact. This would make for solid complementary viewing alongside Iris when you are catching up on documentaries this year.

  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Nov, 2015

    This look back at the 1968 debate coverage on ABC News from William Buckley Jr. & Gore Vidal is not only highly entertaining, but also a terrifyingly prescient examination of where political discourse is now and how little things have really changed in the battle between liberals and conservatives.

  • Final Destination

    Final Destination 2000

    ★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2015

    This was simultaneously the stupidest thing I've ever seen and also, kind of, the most fun. Bring on the sequels?

  • Experimenter

    Experimenter 2015

    ★★½ Watched 31 Oct, 2015

    Despite Peter Sarsgaard's strong performance, this is a bit of a snoozefest. I'm not a big fan of breaking the fourth wall, in general, and what the fuck was with the elephant?

  • I’ll See You in My Dreams

    I’ll See You in My Dreams 2015

    ★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2015

    Blythe Danner is terrific in a film that feels very much like something you'd contentedly watch at a festival but avoid in wide release. It's slow, it's sweet, it's a little sad. At the end of the day, I'm happy to see any stories that provide older actresses a spotlight - all of the supporting roles are filled by people I adore (Mary Kay Place, June Squibb, Rhea Pearlman).