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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    Joaquin Phoenix all haunted and shit. He's like super haunted, and things happen but he can't deal because he's way haunted, and, man, he's just so haunted, you know, from all the shit he's seen, and the stuff, all the things that haunt him, he's like really haunted by them, and, yeah, I can't overstate how haunted he is, like, wow, really really haunted.

  • Maya Dardel

    Maya Dardel

    ★★★★

    Like The Taste of Cherry if it were actually layered and interesting. It feels like great theater and yet is completely cinematic and never once comes off as stagy. Nathan Keyes is maybe not the best actor but it doesn't really matter because the role doesn't require much from him, and meanwhile Lena Olin is doing her thing and it's mesmerizing and wonderful. I love screenplays like this, thoughtful and intellectual but not pretentious, and it's paired with some truly…

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★

    Exactly what I feared it would be: just a series of pointless vignettes loosely strung together, like a retrospective clip show from a TV series that lasted 12 seasons, punctuated by cultural and political signifiers of the times. And a poorly acted TV show, at that -- none of the young actors in this move can act, least of all "Sam," easily the most obnoxious child performance in recent memory (me, watching the end credits: "Oh, her name is Lorelei…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★

    Hard to believe that the creative force behind the exciting, energetic Moneyball is responsible for this flat, listless, perfunctory gossip column of a movie. You will not learn anything about either wrestling or John du Pont from this film, so the point of the whole endeavor is quite beyond me. Also, can we stop pretending that Steve Carell is a great actor? Watching old videos of du Pont made it even clearer to me how limited Carell is as an actor.