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  • Camp X-Ray

    Camp X-Ray

    ★★★★★

    Camp X-Ray is a devastating war film. No weapons are fired yet the loss of life is palpable as the film masterfully develops the relationship between a guard and detainee at the infamous Guantanamo Bay.

    The film's deliberately slow pacing works on two levels. Firstly, it helps to convey the sense of suffocating claustrophobia that the detainees and to an extent, the guards, suffer through. Secondly, it allows for quiet character moments that really illustrate how dehumanizing war can be.…

  • To the Bone

    To the Bone

    ★★★★

    Beauty is often oversimplified to be something purely superficial in today's society. Yet true beauty is innate; beauty is a celebration of your uniqueness, your dreams, your failures, and your flaws. To the Bone explores this idea in an emotionally engrossing and unwavering look at eating disorders. This film is also anchored by a physically and emotionally committed performance by Lilly Collins.

    The plot involves Ellen, Lilly's character, and her enrollment in a new rehab center/group home run by Dr.…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    Baby Driver takes some serious risks on a variety of levels from its somewhat off-putting title to its ambitious aspirations of simultaneously serving as a bona fide action film masterpiece and pseudo-musical. These risks pay off huge dividends as Baby Driver is one of the best films I have seen this year in terms of entertainment factor and technical craftsmanship.

    The film literally puts its foot down on the pedal in its opening credits scene which not only introduces the…

  • The Hunter

    The Hunter

    ★★★½

    The Hunter involves a mercenary's contract to hunt down clues and perhaps the elusive and thought-to-be extinct Tasmanian Tiger. The film's plot is simplistic in design, yet still manages to craft moments of tensity and entrance the viewer in its solemnly beautiful cinematography.

    For those looking for briskly paced, action spectacle, look elsewhere because the Hunter is committed, for better or worse, to Martin's (played by Willem Dafoe) meticulous and patient approach to tracking down his prey. There is very…