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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2015

    First things first, J.J. Abrams has made STAR WARS fun again! Nerds the world over, you can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Secondly, I will attempt to write this review free of spoilers. That said, I feel like if I say anything at all you’ll consider it a spoiler so read at your own risk.

    As I already said, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is a lot of fun. Excitement in general was more or less lacking from the…

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Dec, 2015

    Nobody does 1950’s nostalgia and repression like Todd Haynes. He has distinct appreciation for the elegance and the glamour but also has a succinct understanding of the tension bubbling under the perfectly pristine presentation of it all. He used his gifts brilliantly to look at marriage, homosexuality and racism in FAR FROM HEAVEN and he returns to the period now to look at a lesbian relationship that cannot find the air it needs to breathe in the stifling times it…

  • The Good Dinosaur

    The Good Dinosaur 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2015

    Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR is aptly named. It’s good, not great. I feel like every time I write about a Pixar movie, I write about it within the context of their oeuvre, which certainly isn’t fair to the individual films themselves. It’s just that some of their films are so original and so moving that it’s hard to calm the expectations when a new offering comes around, especially when that offering is following the brilliant INSIDE OUT. THE GOOD DINOSAUR…

  • The Night Before

    The Night Before 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2015

    The last time Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon Levitt teamed up in a film from director Jonathan Levine (50/50), I cried for about two hours straight. They’re together again in THE NIGHT BEFORE, throwing Anthony Mackie into the mix as well, and again, nothing but tears … of joy, that is, from laughing too hard and just plain having a grand ol’ time. THE NIGHT BEFORE is far from perfect, and even further from realistic, but it’s a Christmas movie…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2015

    Everything has been building to this. The war you have been waiting for - well, the war you were made to wait for in the last instalment of this series - has finally arrived. Rest assured though, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 makes up nicely for teasing its epic finale without ever giving you a real taste; it gives you high stakes action; it gives you unexpected compassion and caring; and it keeps you guessing (presuming you’re in the…

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★ Watched 02 Nov, 2015

    Presumably, you’ve seen SKYFALL, the last and most successful in the James Bond series. If you haven’t, you might want to stop reading now because I’m about to rehash exactly what happened in it. Essentially, AMERICAN BEAUTY director, Sam Mendes, came on to infuse the series with some much needed dramatic depth, which worked beautifully. By the time the film had come to a close, we learned a little more about where Bond (Daniel Craig) came from and what makes…

  • Suffragette

    Suffragette 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Oct, 2015

    It’s right there in the title. Suffragette, which is set in the early 20th century during the time of the British women’s suffrage movement, and features mostly fictional characters, is all about suffering. For nearly two hours, director Sarah Gavron subjects her audience to the suffering so many brave British women went through as they fought for their rights to vote and have their voices heard. While their suffering was undeniably worse, watching a movie about their suffering is no…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Oct, 2015

    I don’t know if Steve Jobs himself was in fact a genius, but I do know that STEVE JOBS the movie certainly borders on it. The performances - from Michael Fassbender’s bold interpretation of the man behind the myth, to Kate Winslet’s fascinating take on the woman behind the man, to the fantastic supporting cast including Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels and Michael Stuhlbarg - all are fantastic. The direction, by a restrained Danny Boyle, is the best we could have…

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2015

    Subtle is not a word I would use to describe Guillermo del Toro’s directorial style. Imaginative, sure, but his imagination is boundless and the screen can often barely contain his immense vision. Never has this been truer than in his latest film, the gothic nightmare, CRIMSON PEAK. Once again though, del Toro spends too much time focusing on style and not enough on substance.

    Del Toro is explicit in his intentions from the very start. Mia Wasikowska, an actress with…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Oct, 2015

    I was not alive for the Cold War but I imagine it would look and feel exactly like Steven spiel berg’s latest feature, BRIDGE OF SPIES. Simple situations like riding a subway or walking a boardwalk take on epically paranoid proportions as every person present could pose a threat or not be who they purport to be, no matter how plain they may seem. You cannot trust the person sitting next to you on the train because he may be…

  • Pan

    Pan 2015

    ★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan has officially been done to death. It is time for all of us to grow up, even just a little, and admit that there is nothing more left to do or that should be done to this timeless classic. And just in case this point had not already been proven, Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel, entitled simply PAN, has come along to make the point once and for all.

    Screenwriter Jason Fuchs takes us all the…

  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    This is definitely the right time to tell this story. As mainstreamed as the transgender community has become, which is really only marginal still, it is still a very different concept for many people to comprehend and there is still so much ignorance and hatred to overcome. That said, imagine for a moment what it must have been like to be one of the very first transgender people to undergo gender reassignment surgery. To do so, you will have to…