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  • Keeping Up with the Joneses

    Keeping Up with the Joneses

    ★★★

    Good-natured fluff, Greg Mottola's "Keeping Up with the Joneses" is a nicely cast, light-weight action comedy. An uptempo glimpse of suburban bliss or lackthereof, the film ticks off all of the boxes to provide a good-enough time.

    Starring Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis as a 'burb-centric couple whose path collides with Gal Gadot and Jon Hamm's couple of super spies, the film follows the four as they make friends and threats. Blending wit and bullets, the story engages even if…

  • Mr. Brooks

    Mr. Brooks

    ★★★★½

    A twisty and satisfying thriller about a man and his murderous side, "Mr. Brooks" is a compellingly layered and riveting piece of work. Blending violence, psychological conflict, and a touch of bleak mirth, the Bruce A. Evans-directed drama provides a deliciously and darkly enjoyable experience.

    Starring Kevin Costner as a polished everyman whose murderous proclivites are not those of every man, "Mr. Brooks" follows the man and his devilish conscience as the protagonist attempts to leave deadly leanings in 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…