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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 May, 2015

    “Do I have to explain everything? Can’t you just be amazed and move on?” - A line from this movie/Damon Lindelof's entire approach to storytelling.

    The overriding message of the movie is beautiful and brilliant and optimistic and EARNEST in a way that we don't see much of anymore. Nearly made me tear up. Plus a full star.

    Minus a half-star for the subtle, if likely unintentional, Ayn Rand-ness of the half-explained Tomorrowland conceit.

    Britt Robertson and George Clooney are…

  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    Liked this a lot more than I expected to, and I think it's gotten shafted a little bit critically -- Sofia Coppola's a filmmaker in control of her craft, and her decision to not deeply explore the motivations of the criminals is a strong, if polarizing, artistic choice. That said, it's a film that makes a very good point to an audience that has no need to hear it. The audience that could benefit most from seeing it (the teenagers…

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  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie

    The Lizzie McGuire Movie 2003

    ★★★ Rewatched 12 Jul, 2012

    A classic. It's terrible in almost every way. But it's a classic.

  • Annie

    Annie 2014

    Watched 12 Nov, 2014 1

    Misguided on almost every level.

    I'm a Will Gluck fan. I'm a Jamie Foxx fan. I'm a Jay-Z fan. I'm a Rose Byrne fan. Byrne is the only one who emerged unscathed.

    Ten thoughts, to summarize:

    1) Auto-tune is a serious problem. Jamie Foxx can sing, but you wouldn't know it. It's a style thing, I guess... but I can't even hear the lyrics, the auto tuned vocals are so buried in the mix.
    2) It's not funny. Like at…