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  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jun, 2014

    Alex Gibney has the ability to delve into a topic and unravel in a manner that can make sense to people who aren't very familiar with it. This is what draws me to his work. Though he clearly has a stance in his efforts, he does try to present the information in a relatively straightforward and neutral way while also revealing his opinion. I respect this. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks continues his delivery of consistently worthwhile documentaries.…

  • The Fifth Estate 2013

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2014

    The Fifth Estate, which tells the story of the rise of WikiLeaks, has a noticeable problem finding a groove. It wants to provide an account of these monumental events, but also aims to focus on Julian Assange the person, not to mention his relationship with Daniel Berg. The result is a generally lopsided and uneven effort that comes off as more of a standard biopic or a middling thriller rather than a searing time capsule chronicling a significant Internet happening.…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2013

    "I'm never eating at Benihana again. I don't care whose birthday it is."

    The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese's 23rd feature and his 5th collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, is just damn brilliant.

    It is one of the best films of the year. Every cast and crew member is firing on all cylinders. I was tempted to say this is DiCaprio's Goodfellas in terms of his tenure under Scorsese's wing because it has more in common with that, but from a…

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008

    ★★★ Rewatched 26 Jun, 2014 2

    When I first saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I admit I was probably a bit generous with my rating. I played down its problems because hey, it was a new Indiana Jones film and as a reviewer that was exciting to tackle after growing up with the previous three adventures.

    I have watched this polarizing picture for the second time and was about as entertained by it as I was during that initial theatrical viewing.…