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  • Still Alice

    Still Alice 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    Julianne Moore is wonderful in Still Alice. Kristen Stewart's pretty great, too. Not much to say about it other than that. There's nothing wrong with the film, but it's so simply made and the central struggle of the narrative is so internalized, it's not the most engaging of films. It feels very personal and intimate (Richard Glatzer, who co-wrote and directed the film, struggled with ALS during production and passed away shortly after the film's release) and I imagine for people who have been affected by Alzheimer's, it's probably an emotionally devastating film.

  • St. Vincent

    St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jun, 2015

    There's something satisfying about films like St. Vincent. They're predictably formulated, but in a way that's comforting. Assemble a few immensely likable performers, trust that their natural comedic talents come through to alleviate the drama instead of writing gags and pratfalls into the screenplay, and know that character dynamics that feel authentic and familiar are the most essential part of creating an effective film not driven by a brilliant, original narrative. Sure, the movie played out just the way you'd…

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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2013

    Frances Ha is wonderful with a terrific script, a comedy that always works. It feels like a coming-of-age film, despite Frances being 27 years old. And while I don't think it's meant as any kind of negative social commentary, it perfectly captured the more and more prevalent extended period between being a student or someone who is totally reliant upon parents and being a responsible adult. The filmmakers poke fun at the idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of several of the characters…

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014 3

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The best and worst thing about Thanks for Sharing is that it's a comedy about addiction ruining people's lives. Keeping things relatively light made the film enjoyable. I liked all the performances, with the highlight being P!nk, of all people. The romance was cute enough, the pacing was excellent, and I was always rooting for the characters. I'm not 100% happy with the conclusion that neatly arranges the characters into a good place of growth, but I did find the…