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  • Hush

    Hush

    ★★★½

    Taut horror-thriller, and if it's missing any big Wait Until Dark scares, it's because it's more interested in creeping tension. Also benefits from a heroine who is as smart as the audience (though, admittedly, not smart enough to know better than to [POSSIBLE SPOILER, MAYBE, SHIT, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S A SPOILER ANYMORE] distract someone as they're about to coldcock a serial killer). Good acting and realistic violence keep it a level or two above your average slasher movie, and…

  • The Son of Joseph

    The Son of Joseph

    ★★★½

    Very similar to La Sapienza. I'm still enjoying Green doing his thing, for the most part, but I hope he stretches himself in the future. Here, most of the magic happens in the early scenes: two teenage boys calling a third boy "weird" for choosing not to participate in the pointless torture of a rat; the "weird" protagonist stealing a screwdriver from a hardware store for no apparent reason, and then putting it back; people randomly colliding with each other,…

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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.