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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    Rule number one of Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Go in with a blank slate. Don't read message boards or watch clips. Avoid it all. While it could've been another paint-by-numbers installment in the Avengers franchise, the movie instead fires off unexpected twists at a blistering clip that ultimately shifts the paradigm of Marvel's cinematic universe. It's a blockbuster thrill ride best experienced with a mind clear of information.

    Skirting around the basics without giving anything away: Unsurprisingly, Captain America…

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2014

    Muppets Most Wanted literally picks up where 2011's The Muppets left off, with fireworks exploding "The End" in the sky. After a few beats, America's favorite puppets notice the camera is still around, which can only mean one thing... sequel. And off they go, launching into the musical number "We're Doing a Sequel," which aims to poke fun at the whole idea of making another film. Unfortunately, the lyrics ring too true and basically sum up the movie, and its…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    "Crazy? This is obscene."

    With those four short words, Rob Reiner (as Max Belfort) delivers the perfect summation of The Wolf of Wall Street. Martin Scorsese's satirical adaptation of a memoir by Jordan Belfort, who rose from Long Island penny-stock swindler to shady Wall Street power player with his brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, is so over the top, it risks becoming what it sets out to mock. But it's a spectacle of opulence that demands to be seen.

    The Wolf…

  • Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 19 May, 2012

    Hot-burning lust or warm, quiet love? That’s the choice at the core of Sarah Polley’s indie drama "Take This Waltz." Michelle Williams plays a woman torn between her sweet, loyal husband (Seth Rogen) and her provocative neighbor Daniel (Luke Kirby). As she finds more and more reasons to get away with Daniel, scenes become packed with visual metaphors for her internal conflict, culminating in a beautiful Tilt-A-Whirl scene. And while Williams once again shows why she’s one of the industry’s most acclaimed actresses of late, it’s the warmth of Rogen’s silly-serious cookbook-writing husband that makes her noncommittal wavering feel like a gut-punch.