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  • Begin Again

    Begin Again

    ★★★½

    Maybe it's not fair to compare this to director Carney's own Sing Street. That movie about young love and finding a path is a lot more relatable. So I was growing impatient over the first 40 or so minutes of this one as it establishes the two main characters, Knightley (permormer) and Ruffalo (producer), hilighting their personal and relationship woes befoe their paths cross and they start to make some music. But once they do start making some noise the…

  • Secret in Their Eyes

    Secret in Their Eyes

    ★★★

    There is a shocking amount of poor wigwork in this film. I'm pretty sure theire's more bad hairpieces here than in every other movie I've ever seen combined. It's so hard to concentrate on the film when Dean Norris is rocking that terrible, terrible rug. The movie is, of course, a remake of the far superior Spanish film with enough American flourishes and a 9/11 angle thrown in to make it not completley derivative. But there's no sense of urgency,…

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

    Damn. This was good. Really good. I'm always in the bag for a 'based on true events' serial killer police procedural. And this is one of the better one's I've seen. I'd say it's a Korean ZODIAC but it actually came out before Fincher's classic jam so maybe he lifted from this a bit? Regardless, it's a fine, fine thing all on it's own. I loved that none of the characters are outsized or over-the-top. I loved that you get…

  • Duel

    Duel

    ★★★★

    I'd imagine most directors would settle on having a movie like DUEL end up being their best movie. Now, imagine having a movie like DUEL being your first movie. There's so much confidence on display here it's almost unsettling. It's such a simple story told almost entirely through motion, a visual feast of tension. If you think about it, DUEL's DNA is all over JAWS. The movie was made-for-TV and debuted about two weeks before I was born. And while…