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  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    This is what people mean when they talk about Disneyfication.

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day remains a beloved children's book that's unique due to its utter lack of fluff. Alexander has a negative adjective-inducing day where nothing goes right. It's tied up with the penultimate line, "My mom says some days are like that." The end. It's a lesson to kids that sometimes life is just disappointing. That's it. So, naturally, Disney took that important…

  • St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    St. Vincent tells a rather familiar cinematic tale: The grumpy old shut-in befriends a plucky young kid, and as unlikely as their pairing seems at first, they both end up teaching each other a little something about life. Only St. Vincent opens with said old man getting it on with a pregnant foreign prostitute. That may be a clue that this dark comedy isn't the archetypal paint-by-numbers, feel-good story.

    Bill Murray stars as the titular Vincent, a broke, alcoholic, degenerate,…

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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…

  • 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…