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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★★★

    It's easy to see why Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, Only God Forgives, has divided audiences so greatly. The Danish auteur has followed up his most critically successful project with what may very well be his most divisive. Some have called it a hellish masterpiece, others have called it a loathsome exercise in style.

    Make no mistake: Only God Forgives is not an easy watch. That seems to be Refn's bailiwick, as the director seems to enjoy making his audiences…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★★

    Upstream Color is a beautifully-shot, challenging, and outstanding film. I agree with most critics that trying to nail down the specific plot details is unnecessary to intuitively understanding and enjoying this film. This reminds me of The Tree of Life in how many reviews bloat a "head-scratching" plot. However, it's really not that difficult. The elliptical editing warrants more time to fully understand the plot, but it's by no means, impossible. After first viewing, it's a telling tale of deception…

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★

    I like the work of Paul Thomas Anderson and he is probably one of the better directors working out there. The Master is compelling film with stellar performances, flawless direction and boring plot.

    Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a sexually-frustrated World War II Navy vet who struggles to find his place in the world when he returns to America. He excels at mixing highly-toxic liquids into consumable alcoholic concoctions and seducing women, but neither are self-fulfilling careers. Then he meets…

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★★½

    A generational crime drama giving us a look into how our actions, and their consequences, shape our futures and affect the lives and futures of our families, The Place Beyond the Pines has definitely earned the title of "most ambitious film of the year." Derek Cianfrance has a way of getting great performances out of his stars and is a very talented writer, so I assumed that this would be no different than Blue Valentine, in those aspects. The amount…