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  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2013

    This film is an absolute assault on the senses. What struck me most, outside of the indescribable visual masterpiece, was the sound or absence of sound in various points throughout the film. Sandra Bullock absolutely shines, Clooney is Clooney, and my heart nearly exploded. The parallels made to creation, reproduction and life in general are hard to miss and beautiful. A must-see in 3D (I did not see in IMAX but will for a 2nd viewing). I'm blown away by this movie and the accomplishment by Cuaron, Lubezki and Webber to bring their vision to the screen in this magnificent way.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Added

    This movie is unbelievably fun. Chris Pratt is the perfect underdog and each character has such a specific game to play. Bautista's character stole the show from a comedic perspective and was the perfect balance to Bradley Cooper's Rocket the Raccoon. I will watch this again and again for years to come.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    What happens visually on screen is beyond compare. What happens with the personal relationships between characters, however, leaves something to be desired. Matthew McConaughey is phenomenal and grounds the role in a way I'm not sure anyone else could have. Chastain is under utilized. There is plenty of amazement to make this film worth the trip to the theater either in IMAX, 4K or regular digital. Hans Zimmer's score was dull to some, but I felt it added a lovely tone.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    One of the most visceral films I've ever seen. Both Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons had my heart racing throughout. Absolutely incredible performances by both actors. They brought such authenticity and physical manifestations of emotion to the screen - I was blown away. Explores the line that coaches/teachers/motivators walk in order to find the greatness in their students/protegees.

    Definitely a favorite film of 2014. Shot in only 19 days, this is a CAN'T MISS FILM.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    I was very disappointed that this film didn't make it to the list of nominees for 2011. Performances were incredible despite very little dialogue. Amazing soundtrack. Fascinatingly stylized movie.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    A perfect comic book movie. The most fun I've had at the theater in a long time. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo steal the show. Everyone in this film got to showcase exactly what is great about their individual characters.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Added

    I have seen this movie over 50 times without exaggeration. I once watched it 3 times in a row on a flight. Smart, engaging, emotional, psychologically thrilling and visually impressive. Frustrating but great ending. One of my favorite films of 2010. Excellent performances by an incredible ensemble cast.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An incredible end to one of my favorite trilogies of all time. Christopher Nolan tells the best of the Batman stories, in my opinion. I love the darkness of these films, both visually and metaphorically. Christian Bale excels in this finale, as does Joseph Gordon Levitt as Robin.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★ Added

    Heartwarming and genuine performances by both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Great film.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    This is my favorite film of the year so far. Everything about it is perfect - the performances, how visually beautiful it is, the timing of the comedy and the deliverance of such mature performances by Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman. I could and will watch this movie over and over again. This and The Royal Tenenbaums are my favorite Wes Anderson films.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    Far and away my favorite film of 2014 to date. Epic and beautiful. Had me reeling for WEEKS after I saw it. I was motionless in the theater when it ended and would have watched it all over again. Scarlett Johansson is beyond captivating as the alien in this 2 act film. Watching her character explore humanity and the human condition was utterly fascinating. The music cues, strangers, cinematography - all of it worked so beautifully together. Like nothing I have ever seen.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    Absolutely insane and ridiculous. This is exactly what a massive, Hollywood blockbuster film should be. Most fun I've had at a summer movie since the Avengers.