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  • Two Step

    Two Step

    ★★★★

    Slightly anti-climactic/abrupt finish aside, as fascinatingly nasty a neo-noir as any of the crop that's emerged from the Austin crowd over the last few years.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★

    Astonishingly creative and the best Pixar movie since Toy Story 3. That said, still suffers from a bit of Disneyfied sentimentality and a tendency toward broad strokes. I know, I know, it's a kids' movie but Ratatouille and the Toy Story movies never felt oversimplified. Make the family unit less perfect next time and I'll buy the angst a bit more.

    Also, Bing Bong is the greatest. Richard Kind, Phyllis Smith and Amy Poehler are obviously geniuses.

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  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★½

    Can't believe I avoided this movie for years just because it's a musical. More fool me. But then again, I just got to see it for the first time so I win either way. So formally audacious it made my head spin, Roy Scheider is (as always) an acting god, and (oddly enough) the whole thing reminded me a bit of Louie.

  • Black Sea

    Black Sea

    ★★★½

    Best thing about this movie is watching Jude Law continue on his path to becoming a combination of Jason Statham and 70s/80s Michael Caine. It's a pretty fun movie otherwise too, some third act plausibility issues aside. An old-fashioned, unpretentious thriller for grown-ups. They don't come along often enough.