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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    Another "stuck in a small town" indie movie, and also a "walking and talking (and smoking, ugh)" movie, which means it's like every terrible indie movie rolled into one. But it's not even really a "stuck in a small town" movie, because the girl in question (played by Haley Lu Richardson, who is awful) actually likes her small town and wants to stay there -- it's everyone else who pushes her to leave, as if there's something wrong with choosing…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    Second viewing, this time in IMAX 70mm, which is drastically different as an experience (it really shouldn't be shown in any other format) but doesn't change my opinion of the film. I'm now convinced that the non-linear storytelling provides nothing but pointless confusion and unnecessary extra work for the audience. The jumbled chronology just obstructs the flow of the action and takes us out of the movie by constantly forcing us to make mental adjustments. I actually could have done…

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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.