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  • The Yards

    The Yards

    ★★★★

    An extremely compelling, gritty drama - brilliantly scripted, beautiful cinematography and some incredible performances by Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix, Ellen Burstyn and Faye Dunaway. Some issues with plot and character development; although the director/writer James Gray may well be the most underrated in the business, and certainly paints a stunning picture of a dark NYC in the vein of Martin Scorsese.

  • (500) Days of Summer

    (500) Days of Summer

    ★½

    A self-congratulatory story of an annoying friend-zoned wuss and a snooty heartless bitch, for which the subject of their relationship strikes an all-too unpleasantly familiar chord for many of us. Charming at times, and not a bad film per se, but I found it far too nauseating to enjoy.

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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★

    "You see Jesus in Gethsemane and believe your trial is the same as His. Those five in the pit are suffering too, just like Jesus, but they don't have your pride. They would never compare themselves to Jesus. Do you have the right to make them suffer?"

    Beautifully shot historical masterpiece with a slow pace that can be excruciating to watch if the subject matter is not of interest to you. Very well acted and a great story of endurance,…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    "I guess I'll see you in the movies."

    OK. If someone had told me this was a 'musical' before I went to go see it, I would probably have abstained. Still, the musical elements were judiciously applied in this otherwise perfect movie. Wholesome, old-fashioned romance fit for the whole family, I kept digging for ways to critique this film, but it kept knocking me down with incredible acting, poignant script, stunning costume, lighting and set design, impeccable and creative cinematography…