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Chris has written 457 reviews for films during 2016.

  • A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash

    ★★★★

    It's always great to see Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes on the screen and they're great in A Bigger Splash. But the whole thing never really gelled for me. With some great shots and lovely moments, it was enjoyable, but the strange and somewhat arbitrary mechanics of the story as it later becomes more of a thriller (based on the source material) took it all to a different place. I kind of wish that it was unsettling and creepy, but it was all kind of gorgeous and enjoyable.

  • The Intervention

    The Intervention

    ★★★★½

    A solid indie ensemble that starts off one way and becomes something else. Blending comedy with drama expertly, it uses the framework to explore relationships and highlight how it can be challenging for people to see what is really going on.

  • Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

    Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

    ★★★★

    Documenting the life and work of a Chinese artist who balances his expression within the complex relationship between the country of his birth and working as an artist. Using gunpowder and other explosives to express himself, it's a fascinating look at a personal project that embodies who he is as a persona and an artist.

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    An action film that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's all built around some great stunts and action sequences with Keanu Reeves moving through a quirky and slightly absurd world of professional assassins with glimpses of the complex series of rules and code that they live by.

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★½

    A great followup to Dazed and Confused with a lovely symmetry in that it picks up just before college where the previous film began at the end of high school. Filled with genuine nostalgia for the 80s where the times are not fetishized as with the fauxstalgia of more recent tv series. The film is built around a great cast who have an easy and tangible chemistry. In some ways it follows the structure of many teen films from the…

  • The Games of Angels

    The Games of Angels

    ★★★½

    Evocative and minimalist experimental animated short. Haunting and strange.

  • Little Sister

    Little Sister

    ★★★★

    An understated and slightly melancholy indie with an interesting premise that informs what happens, but doesn't really determine it. There is a lot going on in the film, but it isn't often talked about. A solid character drama that is about individuals and trying to figure out who you are and what works for them to get through their day and how they fit in to the world.

  • Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

    Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

    ★★★½

    A small documentary about the people behind The Minimalists web site and other people who live their lives with less.

  • Undo

    Undo

    ★★★½

    Clever short that runs things backwards making it all better.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    It's ok and competently done with some nice visuals, but it isn't really necessary and I never really got invested in any of the characters as they were mainly stock characters drawn from other films. The effects were good with the notable exception of the CG humans (nicely illustrating the uncanny valley) which made me think of video games and then the whole thing felt like watching someone play a game. They go from level to level with battles interspersed…

  • Reggie Watts: Spatial

    Reggie Watts: Spatial

    ★★★★

    Fun special with Reggie Watts' unique and surreal combination of standup, anti-comedy, and music.

  • Little Fugitive

    Little Fugitive

    ★★★★

    A classic and hard-to-find truly independent feature film that inspired the French New Wave. With a simple story and non-actors in New York locations it's a lovely day in the life of a young boy who runs away to Coney Island.