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  • La La Land

    La La Land



  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro


    Stunning and heartbreaking. Hardly feels like filmmaking, it's so urgent, yet every effect is achieved through surehanded use of the basic tools of cinema. A masterpiece.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    From the moment Finn is visually marked in the opening battle, I knew I was in good hands. Then Poe mouths off to his captors, and it was on. Abrams and Kasdan get it, and not just in some shallow fan-service way -- there's an assured use of the cinematic medium here, to tell a story that both adheres to Lucas's genre grammar and expands it.

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief


    Gibney may be in the business of superfluous illustrations of non-fiction, but man, when you've got footage like this for illustration, it makes a hell of an impact.

  • The Guest

    The Guest


    "All of them. All your guns."

  • Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars


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

    Poor Piz. #TeamLogan. MURDEROUS MARTIN STARR NO!

  • Blackfish



    It's got the goods (video of park conditions and attacks on trainers), which is the most important thing in a movie like this, but it's held back from greatness by the decision to make only the slightest stab at allowing an opposing view to be heard.

  • Frozen



    Worthy successor to TANGLED; stunning, inventive animation in the songs. Loved the exuberant playfulness of the short "Get A Horse!"

  • Luck by Chance

    Luck by Chance


    Woo, "Baawre"!

  • Lockout



    Cuts right to the chase with super quippy Guy Pearce. Awesome genre work by the writers.

  • Premium Rush

    Premium Rush


    Runnin' reds & killin' peds.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises


    Surprisingly provincial in its plot obsessiveness. Politics transcend easy dichotomy: "The people" can be force either for destruction or good, we see them being both.