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  • Best Night Ever 2014

    ★★½ Watched 22 Dec, 2013

    It's easily the best Friedberg/Seltzer movie, but that's not exactly saying much now, is it? As ever, they miss the point of the genre (or in this case genres -- found footage and "one wild night") that they are lampooning, even if they aren't openly lampooning anything. It gets a few laughs, but don't count on much else.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Dec, 2013

    WOLF OF WALL STREET takes off like a shot and never lets up. It's surreal and exhausting and inarguably brilliant.

  • Rush 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2013

    Very impressed with RUSH. It vibrates with tension. Ron Howard hasn't made a film with this level of genuine passion in a long time. It's like a grittier, more 70s-pants-wearing Days of Thunder, with the oomph of better performances and a real story.

  • A Teacher 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2013

    Moody, provocative, well-acted and at times unnerving. The sort of spirited debut that puts a filmmaker on my must-follow list.

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2013

    A fitting end. To everything.

  • Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2013

    It's not the kind of film you sit and observe, but the kind that you feel in your chest.

  • Admission 2013

    ★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2013

    An average comedy elevated by Fey and Rudd.

  • Planes 2013

    ★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2013

    There’s a scene in this movie, Disney’s Planes, in which a group of international superstar propeller-driven racing planes come together for a massive race round the world. One of the planes is from Mexico, wears a luchador mask and calls himself El Chupacabra. We watch as he spies a sultry, well-painted, French-speaking plane. She’s Rochelle, the rally champion from Canada. He falls in love and must serenade her with a mariachi version of The Miracles’ 1976 hit “Love Machine.” Heavy…

  • Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2013

    Michael Bay is back to having good ole' testosterone-infused fun. He assembles an entertaining cast and gives it his trademarked hyper style and over-saturated machismo. It's nice to have this Michael Bay back in the director's chair.

  • Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★ Watched 03 Aug, 2013

    Refn gets use of every pixel, but never quite finds forward momentum. It's a fascinating meditation, but not entirely engaging.

  • Elysium 2013

    ★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2013

    Elysium isn't the knockout that Blomkamp found with D9, but it's done with great scale and flash. Plenty of problems, though.

  • Europa Report 2013

    ★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2013

    Intense, unnerving, claustrophobic. These are three adjectives that describe some of the best trips into space that man has taken in the realm of science fiction. Films that come to mind: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Danny Boyle’s Sunshine, perhaps even the less fictiony Apollo 13. Every time men and women venture into the depths of space, things get a little intimate and uncomfortable. And that’s before things start to go wrong. So to say that a movie like Europa Report…