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  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    ★★

    Let's get this out of the way real quick-like: Denzel is fucking brilliant here and I'm not sure how that can be argued against.

    As for the rest of this head-scratcher of a film, I don't know what to say.

    On one hand, it's an admirable direction to take for Dan Gilroy after striking fire with Nightcrawler in his directorial debut, but the film flounders around in its final act to almost nose-dive proportions that it becomes hard to stay on board.

    Also: this is really all supposed to take place within a 3-week span? No. Just STOP IT.

  • Thank You for Your Service

    Thank You for Your Service

    ★★½

    Marketed as sort of a film in the same vein as American Sniper, but thankfully that's not what we get.

    It works best when it takes its foot off the heavy-handed pedal, which is surprisingly more often than expected. Some strong moments, but in the end it leaves a hollow presence.

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  • The Aviator

    The Aviator

    ★★★★★

    I know I'm in the minority with my opinion that The Aviator is Martin Scorsese's absolute best movie in over twenty years, probably since Goodfellas. It's a jaw-dropping marvel to witness in all aspects of filmmaking.

    There isn't a single performance that misses the mark (unless you really want to count Gwen Stefani), the score by Howard Shore is one of his absolute best, the visual effects are tasteful, the cinematography is gorgeous and graceful, and the subject Howard Hughes…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★★★★

    No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.

    As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…