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  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    ★★★½

    I'm sure this will grow on me as it really is a perfect depiction of how musicians have been viewed in popular culture across the past 50 years. It wasn't as laugh out loud funny as I'd hoped and heard it would be.

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    Just saw that I rated this 2.5 stars last time, haha. This movie is quite good and I got fully sucked in to the I CAN'T BELIEVE HE ACTUALLY RAN DOWN THAT BUILDING FOR REAL of it this time. Like a lot of these movies, I do think the ticking time bombs get dragged on too long at the end.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★

    Uh oh, I found this to be pretty silly. It's the type of film that makes itself worse at some points in order to reveal a twist through which the beginning begins to make sense--the twist is good (though its consequences aren't explored) but it's not that good.

    Beyond this, the film isn't well written; besides the leads, every other character is completely hollow. It has a well-meaning message, one that many are fawning over in our post-election days, but to me it felt completely contrived, jumping through logical hurdles until the world comes together for one giant hug.

  • About Elly

    About Elly

    ★★★★

    Farhadi is on his way to being my favorite working director. The way he weaves together tense moments is unbelievable. These characters are just as good as anything he's ever done, from the really chill first third (I need more Iranian friends to break out into unexpected dances) to the emotional final two thirds.

    Each film I've seen of his (The Past, A Separation) is centered around some event, usually one that is merely alluded to, and he works the…