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  • War Dogs

    War Dogs

    ★★★½

    This was so much better than Lord of War. Although that doesn't really mean much. 

    Basically Goodfellas for gun dealers.

  • Moneyball

    Moneyball

    ★★★★

    Damn, Sorkin writes a mean screenplay. Back-to-back home runs between this and The Social Network. Jonah Hill steals the show. Just the right amount of baseball esoterica to make it authentic.

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    Someday, I dream of going to an Under the Skin/Ex Machina double feature.

    Aimed squarely at Google, this film warns of the powers of information and intelligence. Oscar might just get a nomination for his turn as the alcoholic CEO.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    An American epic. Capitalism battles religion and its own self-destructive tendencies, in a metaphorical sense. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) is a misanthropic oil tycoon who buys up a California town, clashing with its charismatic young priest (Paul Dano).

    Technical aspects are executed to perfection. Robert Elswit's cinematography, frequently realized at the magic hour, mixes well with Johnny Greenwood's melancholy score. "Prospector's Arrive" sets my favorite montage. This may be PTA's masterpiece.