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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★

    Not quite the tight action movie that Winter Soldier was, but the emotional stakes in the internal fights adds a dramatic layer that has always been missing in these movies. Superhero fights are always somewhat boring because you know that nobody will actually get hurt in the end, but here it feels like these relationships are actually breaking as they punch each other. Robert Downey Jr does some of his best work as Tony Stark here as he approaches much…

  • It's Only the End of the World

    It's Only the End of the World

    ★★★★

    At first it's a bit disappointing to see Dolan stuck in Mommy mode with the camera firmly stuck a couple inches from his characters' faces. Working with a cast on a different level than usual this quickly becomes a strength though. The story is almost entirely unspoken so all the microreactions in their faces are more expressive than their words. This coupling of elite actors and his intimate camera is wonderfully synergetic.

    The suppressed plot also takes full advantage of…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…

  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…