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matt has written 698 reviews for films during 2013.

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★

    sturdy Catholic guilt versus operatically thorough systemic corruption, where every single relationship is a self-deceptive lie, like every day was Opposite Day. but that's dueling with a) a bloated, expository narrative bookmarked with scenes in which the two leads explain their feelings to the same shrink/girlfriend; and b) a star-packed, eager cast left completely on its own to heat up material with which its director is entirely bored. the manic grace it covets withers while it winds through cellphone hijinks and Scorsese's umpteenth deployment of "Gimme Shelter".

  • The Hard Way

    The Hard Way

    ★★★★

    James Joyce's John Le Carre's POINT BLANK, featuring Lee Van Cleef and Patrick McGoohan having a showdown in a boobytrapped house.

  • Mudhoney

    Mudhoney

    ★★★★

    epic Faulknerian boner jam.

  • The Man Who Wasn't There

    The Man Who Wasn't There

    ★★★★

    "He told them to look not at the facts, but at the meaning of the facts. And then he said the facts had no meaning. It was a pretty good speech."

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    the world is used to it.

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★

    only perpetual self-actualization.

  • Where's Officer Tuba?

    Where's Officer Tuba?

    ★★★

    although at no point is Officer Tuba's location even remotely a mystery, this is entirely worth it for a scene in which ghost-David Chiang (angry that Sammo isn't getting down to work avenging his murder) mercilessly foils Sammo's dinner date with a would-be ladyfriend and her parents. then there's a fantastic fight in a fruit warehouse.

  • The Hanging Tree

    The Hanging Tree

    ★★★★

    "Why don't they try to learn what happens inside? That's where the damage is done."

  • Kundun

    Kundun

    ★★★★

    the Buddha's compassion is the only constant.

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    The Adventures of Tintin

    ★★★½

    Spielberg unsurprisingly remembers that the volume is still a space, something even Cameron and Cuaron frequently forget, and that because you can do anything with the "camera" it's even more important to know exactly when you should.

  • Eastern Condors

    Eastern Condors

    ★★★★★

    the greatest men-on-a-mission film ever made.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    "I want you to deal with your problems by becoming rich."