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  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★½

    Were they ever wrong? I know it might seem a little disingenuous for me to be saying this, given that I just praised Ex Libris – New York Public Library for doing the same thing, but Hidden Figures gives such a hagiographic image of its subjects that it is difficult to take it seriously. No one denies that these women were intelligent and played a vital role in the Space Race, but here we see literally dozens of occasions during…

  • Ex Libris – New York Public Library

    Ex Libris – New York Public Library

    ★★★★½

    Ex Libris – New York Public Library shows the most attainable utopia, a place where learning and knowledge are valued above all else, and where social conflicts can be solved, ameliorated, or at least examined through honesty, openness, and open-mindedness. Mutual respect and curiosity lead to harmony and progress; even when disagreements arise, they are approached with delicacy. Ex Libris is an ode to an institution, and it is well aware of it—as a friend of mine remarked, not a…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★½

    Visually, Birdman is a beautiful film whose appearance as one unbroken take allows us to understand the complexity of life behind the Broadway stage and the fast-paced nature of the world of theatre. It is this world where we find Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who is about to star in a stage adaptation of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love that he both wrote and directed but who struggles with his own descent from fame. Despite…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★★★

    This is the best 2014 film I have seen so far. For the entire 2 hours and 14 minutes of its runtime, Foxcatcher is riveting and awe-inspiring. This is my prediction to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and as of now, it is my hope that I guess right.

    Bennett Miller directed this film with the kind of restraint so rare in modern Hollywood films. The atmosphere is dark and brooding, with an excellent muted color palette and…