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  • The Last House on the Left

    The Last House on the Left

    ★★★½

    I don’t know why but this grew on me. Compared to most remakes, this is more artful and has good performances all around. Also it was so odd watching Garrett Dillahunt play a total psychopath who physically abuses his son multiple times, because I spent the last two weeks binging Raising Hope where he brilliantly played the most lovable doofus of a father.

  • Hoosiers

    Hoosiers

    ★★★★

    I’ve lived in Indiana for only two months but the state’s basketball fever got me real quick. Twice a week I do solo shootarounds at the YMCA, and have also attended six Indiana Pacers home games (including their recent first home playoff game against the Cavs). One of those games just happened to be one of their several Hickory theme nights too. That Hickory game was extra special b/c at halftime it honored the legacy of esteemed Butler coach Tony…

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★★★★½

    A poetic, insightful coming-of-age story into the darker, more mature obstacles that are sometimes battled during high school, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is easily one of the best films of the year so far. Benefiting from three great lead performances by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and a scene-stealing Ezra Miller, in addition to sensitive direction and at times witty dialogue by writer/director Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote the book), this is one of those rare treats in the high school dramedy genre that is a fantastic trio hybrid of filmmaking elements, combined with the likes of John Hughes, Richard Linklater, and Alexander Payne.

  • The Way Way Back

    The Way Way Back

    ★★★★½

    "The Way, Way Back" may initially appear to be a predictable coming-of-age film from its previews, but it eventually evolves into a funny, emotionally realistic journey about a social outcast trying to find himself on a summer vacation he doesn't want to be part of. All the performances are great, but it's Sam Rockwell that stands out above everyone else. Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors working today, as he displays his trademark charisma and quick-witted energy in…