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davidehrlich has written 257 reviews for films during 2014.

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    probably the best short film i've ever seen.

    i watched it 5 times today. i just showed it to my girlfriend. she's dead now.

  • Key Largo

    Key Largo

    ★★★★

    the world will always be shit so long as good men do nothing about fat gangsters.

    achieves a remarkable sense of place for a film shot on a backlot. Bogart is sweeter than you expect, as he often was in the Huston films, but this is Edward G. Robinson's show and he sells it so well.

  • The African Queen

    The African Queen

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    a portrait of marriage in reverse, ending with nuptials as a death sentence. and that boat... my, she was yar.

  • Happy Christmas

    Happy Christmas

    ★★★½

    this movie was 11 minutes long and i enjoyed all of them.

  • Unbroken

    Unbroken

    ★★

    By the time Unbroken limps towards the finish line, director Angelina Jolie has convincingly made the case that a dozen great movies could be made about the extraordinary life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. The folly of this bland and broadly forgettable version is that it tries to be all of them.

    FULL REVIEW ON LITTLE WHITE LIES: www.littlewhitelies.co.uk/theatrical-reviews/unbroken-28869

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

    the house always wins, of course, the trouble is that you don't own it anymore by the time it does.

    one of the best, most lucidly despairing movies ever made. not to downplay its inquiry into the cold heart of capitalism, but this would make for a great opiate triple feature alongside House of Pleasures and The Flowers of Shanghai, in case you want to drown in orange and not move for 8 hours (and who wouldn't?).

    i watched it…

  • August Winds

    August Winds

    ★★★

    that poster is some wonderful truth in advertising: this is a movie about two attractive brazilians fucking on top of coconuts.

    a somewhat plotless meditation on time that's set in a place that seems to have been forgotten by it, the film is a gorgeously static docudrama that's pleasures can't be discounted for the fact that they don't add up to much. also, the girl is totally vibing on the look of the heroine from Pasolini's ARABIAN NIGHTS, so that's not nothing.

  • Annie

    Annie

    ★★

    Updating the title character from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, director Will Gluck’s thoroughly modern Annie is a candied corporate fantasia that could only take place in Taylor Swift’s New York. Although the film might have been a fun holiday diversion, its admirably revisionist spirit is undermined by the same proto-Randian contempt for the poor that first defined the story of America’s most optimistic orphan when she was introduced in a 1924 comic strip.

    Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) is…

  • The Interview

    The Interview

    ★★★★

    Despite making a career of playing slight variations on the same pasty manchild, Seth Rogen (together with longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg) has consistently leveraged his broad appeal as a vehicle for laughing at the great crises of our times: cancer (50/50), the apocalypse (This Is the End), Zac Efron’s abs (Neighbors). But if Rogen has always been unafraid to go places that most people won’t, The Interview marks the first time he goes to a place that most people can’t: North Korea.

    FULL REVIEW ON TIME OUT NY: www.timeout.com/us/film/the-interview

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★

    filed under “historical revolutionary epics i’m really glad were not directed by Ridley Scott."

    Bilge Ebiri's comparison to the films of Francesco Rosi was spot on. this isn't a sweeping biopic in the traditional sense (and it falters during the few moments it concedes to those tropes), it's a precisely modulated story of organized action (and reaction). understated, humane, and hugely valuable.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    bad.

  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish

    ★★★★½

    where has this movie been my whole life?!??

    ...oh, waiting right there? that's dumb. i'm dumb.