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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★

    I'm not sure what to make of this, as it's a movie in which I was actively rooting against its protagonist the entire time. Maybe it needed more Nick to counterbalance and mitigate Connie's relentless dickishness -- their relationship is key, and yet we scarcely see them together, and what little we see of their relationship is not exactly positive or endearing. There's a poignancy to the final scene that doesn't fully come through due to the certainty that it's…

  • Marjorie Prime

    Marjorie Prime

    ★★

    Some plays should remain a play (or maybe shouldn't have been a play to begin with). My new rule for judging a play-based film: if I can tell it was based on a play just by watching it, with no opening credits to clue me in, then it was probably better left on the stage. This one picks at two of my most festering cinematic sores: self-important studies of AI that have nothing new or interesting to say about it,…

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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.