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  • The Riot Club

    The Riot Club 2014

    Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    The first ten minutes of THE RIOT CLUB are complete poppycock. I don’t usually use that word but it applies here. Some pompous, determined looking, older gentleman in a bob-wig marches toward the camera and we soon learn he is chasing after Lord Riot, the Barney Stinson of like hundreds of years ago, whom he finds shagging his wife. At a dinner of the supposed brightest and best men at Oxford University shortly thereafter, it is announced that the Lord…

  • Insurgent

    Insurgent 2015

    ★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2015

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a teenage girl. And while not being a teenage girl has not stopped me from thoroughly enjoying THE HUNGER GAMES or THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, it has caused distinct problems for me when I tried to see what all the TWILIGHT fuss was about when that was a thing. And though The Divergent Series has not inspired anywhere near as much bile from me as Bella and the shiny vampire…

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    There is no denying that, in recent years, Walt Disney Pictures has been trying to distance themselves from the dated and damaging princess fairy tales that made them the animation behemoth they are today. Not to ruin anything for anyone but the charming prince does not save the day in neither Frozen nor the live action Maleficent. And with last year’s Into the Woods, Disney set out to undo all of the happy endings we have come to expect from…

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    With his third film, J.C. Chandor continues to prove that he is the most stealth writer/director working today. Like his debut, MARGIN CALL, and his last film, ALL IS LOST, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a distinct and challenging piece of filmmaking. And like his two previous films, it runs the risk of not being seen by nearly as many people who should. Chandor’s films, while both thought provoking and highly entertaining, always seem to remain under the radar with…

  • Cake

    Cake 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    For a second there, it seemed like we might all have to start referring to her as Academy Award nominee Jennifer Aniston, but those hopes, well hers anyway, were dashed away when she didn’t make the final cut when the nominations were announced. All the same, her persistent campaigning managed to snag her a few high profile accolades, as well as generate a lot of interest in the film itself, Cake. Naturally, I was curious to see what the fuss…

  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    I will just get this out of the way upfront. I don’t care for Clint Eastwood movies most of the time. With the rare exception (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA), I find his films to be painfully obvious and often times borderline offensive (CHANGELING). Some times, they are even overtly offensive (GRAN TORINO) and yet are passed off, and all too often interpreted, as these enlightened morality tales. All that said, Eastwood’s latest, AMERICAN SNIPER, is easily his best and most…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Dec, 2014

    As I sit down to write about Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, INHERENT VICE, I’m still not 100% certain that I have actually grasped what took place in the 148 minutes that make up this movie. I’m also not at all sure that this matters really, as it is undeniably a pretty groovy time all the same. And yes, I can say groovy in this case, because the whole thing takes place in the 70’s. I tried to follow the…

  • Still Alice

    Still Alice 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    Watching STILL ALICE is like watching a horror movie unfold. Only it isn’t a horror movie. It is a simply told, effectively executed film about the deterioration of one woman’s mind. It is also an incredible showcase for one of the most talented and beautiful actresses working today, Julianne Moore. The only trouble with it is that it is so heartbreaking that it may be very difficult for viewers to get through.

    At no more than 50 years old, Dr.…

  • The Interview

    The Interview 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Dec, 2014

    Ah, THE INTERVIEW - an ill conceived, naive attempt at satire that could have possibly ended the world. It is almost impossible to see the film through any filter other than the one that marred the film in controversy in the weeks leading up to its release. On some levels, watching James Franco and Seth Rogen trample all over the North Korean government, delighting in their supposed subversiveness for our amusement, is actually, and surprisingly, amusing at times. That said,…

  • Unbroken

    Unbroken 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    Perhaps drawing from the title of her second film, UNBROKEN, actress turned director, Angelina Jolie seems to believe that if something isn’t broken then there is no real reason to attempt fixing it. This is the only explanation I can think of for her taking an incredibly inspiring story of the strength of the human spirit and turning it into a contrived and conventional biopic. Olympic track star turned prisoner of war, Louis Zamperini’s life is an astounding one, and…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    Make no mistake; the games are over and the war has officially begun. Well, the events leading up to the actual war between the districts and the Capital have started more or less; they’re saving the actual war for the finale. As a result, THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 plays out like a prelude to a more monumental moment that is always just out of reach. And while it does leave you longing for more, which is partly the…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    I will begin by stating that INTERSTELLAR, Christopher Nolan’s latest science fiction opus, is a cinematic feast of epic proportion. It is nearly three hours of stunning visuals, often gripping action and sound and music unlike almost anything I’ve ever seen or heard before. On the one hand, it is a glorious film experience, something that Nolan is particularly skilled at crafting. On the other hand though, INTERSTELLAR is also an overinflated, plodding journey that is weighed down, not by…