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  • Sleeping with Other People

    Sleeping with Other People 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    A sweet, elegant and consistently funny (and frank) romantic comedy. Brie and Sudekis are excellent.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine 2015

    ½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015 1

    Director Sean Baker is 2 for 2 in making films that I find unbearable. I respect what TANGERINE is going for. A raw portrait about life in LA for trans sex workers on the street. But it was just too aggro. It's the cinematic equivalent of being screamed at for 90 minutes.

  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    Fresh, honest, bubbly and wonderfully acted. There are many great coming of age boy movies. Diary of a Teenage Girl is that and more from a female perspective. Exceptional.

  • The Overnight

    The Overnight 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    aka The Jason Schwartzman Variety Hour. Excellent. Hilarious. Energetic. Sexual healing at its most awkward.

  • Z for Zachariah

    Z for Zachariah 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015 1

    Robbie and Ejiofor deliver quality performances in this complexly emotional, crafty post-apocalyptic three way romance and hydro-electric innovation thriller. The title still doesn't make sense to me, but the movie is pretty good.

  • Stockholm, Pennsylvania

    Stockholm, Pennsylvania 2015

    ★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    Strong performances are forced to linger, they softens. It's an edit away from being a gripping, dour tale.

  • The Summer of Sangaile

    The Summer of Sangaile 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    Finally a movie that combines young lesbian love, self harm and a passion for aviation. The first half of this movie is mesmerizing, alluring stuff. But as it pulls back it loses focus and crawls to a close.

  • The Bronze

    The Bronze 2016

    ★★½ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    Opens the routine strong, stumbles in the middle and fails to stick the landing. Get it? It's about gymnastics.

  • The Interview

    The Interview 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Dec, 2014

    Franco and Rogen have been better -- especially with This is the End -- but this is by no means a lesser effort. It's full of oddity and dick jokes, but it's also spewing a little bit of social truth. Not to be taken too seriously, but also worth a watch.

  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2014

    Made my chest hurt. Required some silent moments after. A powerful piece of filmmaking. It deserves all the praise it will receive.

  • Calvary

    Calvary 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2014

    CALVARY is absolutely gutting. Also beautiful. Glad I watched it alone. Sobbing around others isn't quite my style.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Oct, 2014

    It's hot and it's cold, dark and light, sadistically cynical and more fun than you'd expect. And yes, that ending is pretty fucked up. Fincher was just right for this particular story.