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  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In Bruges gives us a taste of heaven and hell in wonderfully intricate fashion.

    Equal parts intelligent crime drama and silly, dark comedy, this is one of those occasions in which the filmmakers (notably writer/director Martin McDonagh) really nail the balance of the two and keep a wonderfully even tone throughout.

    That tone is of somber yet wise-cracking pondering in the face of the chaos and injustice in a cruel world.

    Whether that world is ours or not is (smartly)…

  • Saw V

    Saw V

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So yeah, this is how I spend my Valentine's Day: watching shitty movies in a shitty series because I bought the Blu-Ray set for a steal and the completionist inside me says, "You've already watched four of them, you can't stop now!"

    Apparently the makers of this series can't stop either. They can't stop rehashing old shit and intertwining it with forced perspectives. They can't stop giving us bland, totally blank slate characters that we know won't be around very…

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  • Quiz Show

    Quiz Show

    ★★★★★

    As I sit here, typing this, it appears that the next President of the United States will be Donald J. Trump.

    Why, you ask, is that relevant to this film?

    Because this film is about lies. At their core. The simple act of making someone think something that isn't true. They take different forms. In the film, the lies can be promises that aren't kept, they can be denial of wrongdoing, they can be assurances that what you're being asked…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★½

    The Imitation Game is fittingly titled, given its imitation of every film of its ilk in nearly every facet of its execution: the glossed over, sappy, uninformative, melodramatic narrative, the inoffensive score, the contrived and unbelievable screenplay, the orange-teal color grading...I've seen all this before.

    Hell, I've even seen biopics about brilliant but semi-autistic creative geniuses before. And I gotta say, A Beautiful Mind and The Social Network sure do beat the breaks off this. Oh, the guy doesn't do…