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  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter

    ★★★★

    Michael Shannon continues to captivate me with every role he takes on. In "Take Shelter" this is only confirmed. He gives an outstanding performance alongside Jessica Chastain.

    "Take Shelter" is really more of a subtle metaphor for mental illness (particularly Schizophrenia) than it is a story about a fast approaching, heavy storm. The film brings forth a terrible condition and explains/portrays it in a compelling and heartbreaking manner.

    The cinematography portrayed isolation and a sense of longing really well. The…

  • Big Little Lies

    Big Little Lies

    ★★★★★

    The creative minds behind this sardonic murder mystery have developed a story so surreal. They've captured and enveloped the idea and lifestyle of a suburban mother in such a unique fashion that it's extremely hard to resist from looking. 

    The writing is by far my favorite aspect of HBO's recent seven part miniseries. The dialogue is subtle but also on the nose when appropriate and the subtext is incredibly well placed. Each scene moved the story forward and the cause…

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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★½

    A rather slow paced, but deeply honest and strained biopic about Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy.

    "Jackie" is yes -- slow paced, but what it lacks for in timing it makes up for in both story and acting.

    You know, I've never been a huge fan of Natalie Portman, but after seeing her performance in this? That opinion could change. There's a scene that takes place right after JFK's assassination. Jackie boards a plane…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    Well just rip my heart out and spit on it why don't you! "Manchester By the Sea" is phenomenal and Casey Affleck is a legend. His nuanced performance in this was outstanding. I first really started taking notice of his Hollywood presence after seeing him in "Out of the Furnace" alongside Christian Bale and then I saw "Triple 9" and I really started paying attention. Casey Affleck is one of the most talented actors working the industry medium today and…