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  • Big Eyes 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    Tonally inconsistent in the best possible way. I know a lot of people have issues with that, but I've never found life to be tonally consistent. Truth is often stranger than fiction, and Big Eyes is no exception.

    Christoph Waltz literally cross-examines himself, I really don't know what more you want from cinema.

    Fine performances by Waltz and the ever-awesome Amy Adams elevate a structurally sound yet at times predictable script. Tim Burton directs classically, returning to his roots as…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    Saw this at the LA Premiere.

    I'm always inclined to give The Hunger Games films a higher rating--they're blockbusters that really GET IT that it's important to make a movie morally sound and intelligent when everyone's gonna see it--and this film is no exception.

    Francis Lawrence is an underrated director, who really understands how every choice he makes affects an audience member. While the script, by the fantastic Danny Strong and Peter Craig, occasionally suffers from on-the-nose, expository dialogue (a…

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