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  • The Legend of Tarzan

    The Legend of Tarzan

    ★★★★

    A better-than expected take on Edgar Rice Burroughs' famed ape-man, David Yates' "The Legend of Tarzan" is an entertaining and energetic adventure film. Featuring a solid cast and appealing production, the film blends swashbuckling action and geographic color for an old-fashioned spectacle.

    "The Legend of Tarzan," refreshingly, does not retell the origin of John Clayton, the man who was raised by apes. The narrative begins well after the once and future Tarzan becomes Lord of the Apes, finding him making…

  • Jailbait Babysitter

    Jailbait Babysitter

    ★½

    A limp, instantly forgotten drama about a young woman struggling to find herself (seriously), "Jailbait Babysitter" is less prurient than its title and poster art might suggest. John Hayes' 1977 weak exploiter does little to entertain, does even less to impact, and does nothing to even tease.

    Essentially, a tale of a young woman trying to better her situation, "Jailbait Babysitter" finds said woman getting caught up in a dark situation and finding her way out of it with the…

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    "Whiplash," Damien Chazelle's 107-minute-long ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a taut and mesmerizing piece of filmmaking. A quick-moving and engrossing drama that explores the roles of teacher and learner, parent and child, Chazelle builds a film that brims with energy and emotion, bursts with authentic character beats, and soars with a percussive and narrative brilliance.
    With its powerful performances, crackling direction, and riveting story, "Whiplash" is a truly great piece of work.

    Chazelle's story is built around Miles…