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  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    ★★★½

    This was a lot of fun, and made good use of a limited budget to make a visually interesting film. I'd say "Trainspotting" is a better version of this but I had a good time.

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    ★★

    Well it's better than the second or third films. Mostly because it doesn't have as much garbage "humor" and actually has some idea of how to do character design. But it's still pretty bad. Three or four largely uninteresting plots collide with each other as Michael Bay tries to find more excuses to cause explosions. The human characters have gone from cringe-inducing awful to yawn-inducing boredom. I can't believe I'm saying it but I actually wish Shia LaBeouf was back.…

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★★★★

    Denis Villeneuve may be our best modern director, and "Incendies" may be his best film. It's also among the most difficult to watch, and not because it is mainly in French. It tells the tragic story of a mother and her children as they discover the truth about who they are. Gorgeously shot and startlingly well acted, it is among the best films this decade has to offer. And it is deeply affecting; I know I'll be haunted by this one for a long time.