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Andy has written 109 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    Wow, what a beautiful film this is...

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★½

    “Anger begets anger.”

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the movies that get nominated for awards, probably because we’re in the thick of awards season right now. Although I no longer watch awards shows and don’t consider them a valid indicator of a movie’s value, I find myself thinking about them more than I probably should. I sometimes wonder how many films are nominated due to the fact that they’re well-crafted works of art and how many are nominated due to…

  • The Old Dark House

    The Old Dark House

    ★★★★★

    Man, I love everything about this movie!

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    I was 12 years old when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was released and my friends and I knew we somehow had to see it. The title alone was enough to scare the crap out of us. I grew up in the South where we all knew what a chainsaw was capable of doing. I am convinced most of our fourth grade vocabularies didn’t contain the word “massacre” before hearing about this movie. Although we were too young to see the…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    An amazing visual achievement. I need to see the film again so I'm not quite ready to call it great, but it's very good. I *am* ready, however, to declare that Roger Deakins clearly deserves the Oscar for cinematography. Give it to him.

  • The Man Between

    The Man Between

    ★★★½

    Almost a 4-star review - Maybe one more watch will bump it up. Convoluted in spots, but wonderful cinematography and nice unheralded work from Claire Bloom and Hildegard Knef.

  • The Scarf

    The Scarf

    ★★★½

    Odd but weirdly engaging noir...

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★½

    “It’s twisted.”

    “Fortunately I have faith. What’s it for if not to get through the tough times?”

    These two lines come from two different female characters in two different scenes in Elle, a film that critic Sheila O’Malley at Roger Ebert.com calls a “demented and exhilarating experience” as well as “a high-wire act without a net.” A.O. Scott at The New York Times says “It’s a psychological thriller, a strangely dry-eyed melodrama, a kinky sex farce and, perhaps most provocatively,…

  • Paradise Now

    Paradise Now

    ★★★★

    Watched again for our special International Movie event at the library - Great turnout and an even better discussion. Thanks to all who joined us!

  • Paradise Now

    Paradise Now

    ★★★★

    In preparation for our upcoming library movie.

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★★

    Tati = genius. That is all.

  • Remember

    Remember

    ★★★

    As much as I love the performances of Chrispher Plummer, Martin Landau and Jürgen Prochnow, the film contains just too many coincidences and suspension-of-disbelief moments to be taken too seriously. But I love watching these guys act...