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  • The Counselor 2013

    ★★★ Added

    I respect what this film was going for- uncut moral reckoning with most of the connective tissue pared away- and the friction between McCarthy's vision and Scott's compulsive need to provide genre-based thrills made it fascinating. However, it's less interesting to watch than it is to think about in the abstract, and Cameron Diaz is pretty kind of terrible.

  • About Time 2013

    ★★★ Added

    The time-traveling rules feel sort of arbitrary at times, but Curtis manages to find the emotional core of the premise. Bill Nighy is, as ever, a treasure.

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  • Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013

    ★★★ Added 1

    This is exactly the kind of movie that seems like it'll be ideal for a Yesterday's Hits-style anthropological assessment in a couple of decades. Those elements that have made this so popular- the wall-to-wall CGI-based spectacle, the four-quadrant-skewing reappropriation of one of the classics of Hollywood cinema- will probably be what makes this look quaint and dated over time. Yet it also promises to be fascinating in a number of ways.

    Most noticeably, this might be the first blockbuster I've…

  • My Neighbor Totoro 1988

    ★★★★★ Added

    While I was out driving today I noticed thousands of dandelions alongside the road, creating a blanket of yellow and green. And while part of me acknowledges that we're supposed to think of dandelions as weeds since they're really not supposed to be in the grass, I mostly just flashed back to a time when it didn't occur to me to think this way, and admired the colors and sights that nature has in store for those willing to look.…