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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★★

    Lion really works emotionally, it grabs hold of you instantly and won't let go until the final shot. And then you see footage of the real people and the real reunion, something I usually dislike, and it pulls you in tighter. It is a little manipulative, a lot oscar-baity, and completely Weinstein, but damn it worked.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Moonlight certainly lives up to the hype from both a technical and thematic level. The film's construction is fantastic. Essentially being three short stories, Jenkins expertly joins them into one cohesive and affecting narrative. With every shot carefully considered and every visual thoroughly premeditated, you are absolutely absorbed into every aspect of Little, Chiron, and Black's world. Performances are spectacular all around, every choice seeming organic and true. But what truly sets this film apart is the script. We think…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★½

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.