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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Added

    Not Inarritu's worst film, but it tries harder than any of the others. His approach to comic farce is the same as his approach to drama: BE AS UNRELENTING AS POSSIBLE AND CONTINUALLY STATE THE SUBJECTS OF YOUR MOCKERY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. That the technical aspects are beyond reproach is the saving grace. (And bless the performers for being so game; clearly, plenty of others find their work more effective than I do.)

  • Summer of Blood 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    This made me laugh like an idiot.

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    Reserving the right to bump that up an extra half-star upon a second viewing, which will be coming soon, because even though I had read the book GONE GIRL packs the dialogue in and it comes almost as quickly and as furiously as in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. This is a dense movie, packaging some pretty heavy ideas about perception -- of ourselves, in the media, of our romantic partners and spouses -- in with the more lurid potboiler stuff. Which…

  • Open Windows 2014

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    I like the cut of Vigalondo's jib (TIMECRIMES is great), but I pretty unreservedly thought this was terrible. And I don't mind increasingly silly thrillers (Elijah Wood starred in another one earlier this year, GRAND PIANO, that I thought was really good), but this is a bridge too far, with a tiresome gimmick in presentation and a particularly stupid, predictable twist near the end. Makes CELLULAR look like a Dardennes brothers film.