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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2014

    Every generation gets the recessionary, batshit, dressed-to-kill skin-crawler American thriller it deserves.

  • Coherence 2013

    ★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    There's something here as far as an intriguing concept, but Byrkit and his cast unfortunately don't lift it beyond the appearance of a theatre company interpreting the works of Shane Carruth, attempting to jazz things up with tight shots and unearned jump scenes. The slow-burn execution means we get a lot of "what's that??" exclamations in the dialogue/improvisation before things actually start getting interesting two-thirds of the way in.

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  • Chronicle 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    Very admirable film, if not always entirely successful. The "found footage" conceit eventually becomes a bit of an obstructive drag, but the movie very quickly penciled in for me what I was looking for in "X-Men: First Class" and other superhero-origin films. There's genuine human behavior and tension at work here, and more often than not it's entertaining and fascinating.

  • Page One: Inside the New York Times 2011

    ★★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2012

    If, like me, you (for better or worse) continue to regard the New York Times as the Mouth of Truth and Justice, this'll be a treat. The documentary kicks the door in on the place to see what's going on at the Grey Lady; at the time of writing/viewing, the events covered in the film are pretty much still happening, and so the documentary doesn't feel as dated as some other verité films do. (Always seems distant to me when…