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  • An Eye for Beauty

    An Eye for Beauty 2014

    ★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    A bit too shiny for its own good, and the potential for some fine ensemble work is mostly squandered through flat scenes of communal meals. The usual social commentary is here, although it's not properly unified and lacks heft. However, this is otherwise a fine return to form for Arcand after the dismal L'ÂGE DES TÉNÈBRES, and a gorgeous travelogue for the Charlevoix region.

  • Swearnet: The Movie

    Swearnet: The Movie 2014

    ★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2015

    SWEARNET: THE MOVIE is a curious experiment: three pretty successful actor-writers break from their almost always in-character (and nearly inseparable) personae in order to play (slightly?) exaggerated versions of themselves. Spurned creatively by stuffy network suits, they launch a profanity-oriented 24-hour reality-based Internet channel to immediate success and enthusiasm. Simultaneously, in the real world, the actor-writers launch a profanity-oriented Internet channel by the same name. You may ask, “What is the intent of this film, if not a feature-length tax-credited…

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  • Coherence

    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.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2014

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