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  • Knockaround Guys 2001

    ★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    I picked up a Vin Diesel triple feature DVD for a penny on Amazon and I had assumed this would be just another action flick. Turns out Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Rounders) actually fleshed out these characters and its less about shootouts than it is about developing the drama. The story is pretty basic on the surface, but in terms of examining mobsters of this era it is more thoughtful and profound than it lets on. Barry Pepper gives…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Nov, 2014

    Perhaps I didn't go into it with as lofty of expectations, perhaps I didn't hold it under as much scrutiny as others, but I thoroughly enjoyed Interstellar. I wasn't disappointed by the fact that it failed to measure up to 2001: A Space Odyssey because first of all, what could, and secondly, why did it need to? I understand where the comparisons come from. Both are ambitious space epics that bend the logic of science and emphasize striking visuals, but…

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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    The final 30-45 minutes of Nightcrawler contain some of the most gripping cinema you will see this year. It is an insane, adrenaline-fueled ending that will have the viewer on the edge of their seat, on pins and needles, white-knuckled, and any other overused critic line you can think of. I'm not sure how interested I would have been in Dan Gilroy's debut had it not been for the magnificent first trailer. The ones that followed weren't as crazy, but…

  • 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…