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  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy 2014

    ★★★★½ Added

    Had a big stupid grin on my face for the first half, as John Cusack is better than he's been in years and Paul Dano's better than he's been, like, ever. The second half, as Brian Wilson loses himself in his issues as a young man, and when older as his burgeoning relationship with Melinda Ledbetter is shut down by Dr. Landy, gets a bit bogged down in some needless stylistic quirks. But it's almost impossible to be objective about…

  • Some Beasts

    Some Beasts 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    Quietly very moving if you can find its rhythm, which admittedly takes some time. For me at its strongest in its midsection; the denouement's fine, but I responded more to the implosion of a long-distance relationship than some of the other plot points, and would have come away more satisfied, personally, had the film kept working in that register. A confident, exciting debut, though.

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  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    Perceptive, warm and humane in ways I didn't know I could expect from a movie with this premise. But strip away the sci-fi sheen and what do you have? The story of every relationship, or at least every love. And the story of self-actualization and growth beyond a partner, and the story of grief over a past failed relationship, and all these broad themes about longing and connection writ so small, but so precisely. There are moments in this film…

  • Spring

    Spring 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    Finally, a film that melds Linklater and Lovecraft, two great tastes that taste great together. There's a portion in the middle of this film that I'm completely crazy about and then the last 20 minutes, which I'm truthfully not as wild about (the over-explanation kinda hurts it a bit). But man, this is really, really good stuff, Between this and IT FOLLOWS, 2015 is shaping up so far to be a fine year in indie horror.