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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    Beautifully shot, and the music was enchanting. The story was good enough, and I am all in favor of the modern musical, but I was continually distracted by the thought, “How good would this film be if it starred lesser-known but equally competent actors who could actually sing and dance?”

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★

    If you adore the 7 Up documentary series like I do, you will find a lot to love in this film. With all its roughness, it can’t considered masterful cinema, but it has a different rare quality: it makes you ponder your own life.

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★½

    I will probably need to see this many more times before I really get it, but I knew it was special on the first viewing, even without the Malick hype.

    It is unclear, fragmented, difficult to follow. But this is how life works. "The Tree of Life" is the most accurate representation of memory I've ever seen in film.

  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★

    Maybe I'm not masculine enough to understand the greatness of this film. Obviously well shot and acted, but the story does not intrigue me and I had no sympathy for the man.