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  • The Zero Theorem 2014

    ★½ Added

    What an utter pile. Gilliam at his most indulgent and most vacuous—the movie has nothing to say, and boy does it shout it.

    It's telling that the only remotely believable or likeable character here is an ostensibly insufferable teenage brat.

  • Larceny 1948

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    A fairly standard grift-noir elevated by sharp writing and some dedicated performances. The director and the editor handle this in the four-movies-a-year style typical of the era and the production level, but Bowers' writing gives the actors lots to work with.

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  • Starship Troopers 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Aug, 2013

    It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.

    The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…