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  • 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…

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Oh happiness, thou art an elusive tease. When one manages to find you, the world is alive in a way that both energizes and inspires. But when you’re gone, life can lose all of its colour. Making connections with the people around you is a struggle and the most mundane of tasks can feel absurd and unnatural. Many find a way to live in between these two extremes but for those of us out there who know what it means…

  • Where To Invade Next

    Where To Invade Next 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2015

    The title of Michael Moore’s latest film, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, is groan inducing to say the least. It is also grossly misleading. For Moore’s first film in six years (his last was CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY), he makes a calculated, and necessary, decision to go in an entirely different direction. He’s still the liberal propagandist filmmaker hellbent on shaming America into admission of all its faults, but now he’s doing it with a wink and a smile. Will his…

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2015

    BEASTS OF NO NATION, Cary Fukunaga’s first film in four years (the fantastic JANE EYRE was his last feature), tells the tale of a young boy who is ripped from his family in Africa during a period of civil unrest and forced to join a group of mercenary militants to stay alive. It is a story that is inherent with strife and sadness but yet that rarely translates on screen here.

    Initially, BEASTS OF NO NATION is a fairly peaceful…