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  • Madtown

    Madtown

    ★★★★

    Slow moving indie drama about a loner who finds happiness and comfort among coworkers at a small town family diner, only to be drawn back into his dark past when his sister gets released from prison. Milo Ventimiglia is perfect in this kind of understated role that seeks redemption through humility, and John Billingsley, as the manager of the diner, is a revelation of honest and sincere hospitality and grace. The story goes as expected, but the film's greatness lies…

  • Insidious: The Last Key

    Insidious: The Last Key

    ★★★

    Objectively not very good, and quite convoluted, when it scapegoats ghosts for the evil that men do. But gets a pass from me, not to mention besting the previous two installments, because of one unbelievably deft jump scare, and for finally giving Lin Shaye her due, by crafting an entire story around Elise Rainier, and fulfilling the arc of her character in bringing her right back up to the beginning of the first film. The monsters are the best since…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★½

    It's only been four days and I'm already tired of arguing with people about Guardians Of The Galaxy. So I say fuck this movie right in its 92% Rotten Tomatoes-approved-fresh ass. Sorry, does that offend you? Here you go, here's the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack to listen to while you read the rest of the review; apparently that can make everything better.

    People like to criticize Hollywood for making the same movie over and over again. Apparently some of those same…

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★★★

    You can tell after the first ten minutes of watching Clouds Of Sils Maria that it is not a Hollywood production; one, because Juliette Binoche's character Maria is still alive, and two, because Kristen Stewart is actually allowed to act, and she's pretty great at it by the way.

    In yet another year of middling roles for women, Sils Maria is a dream come true. Masterfully directed by Olivier Assayas, the film centers on an aging actress preparing to play…