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  • Our Souls at Night

    Our Souls at Night

    ★★★½

    A charming but flawed movie, pushed up by the lovely chemistry between Fonda and Redford but pulled down by the Schoenaerts narrative. For me, the end result was a plus because I just needed a calm, slow-moving story.

  • The State I Am In

    The State I Am In

    ★★★½

    A great idea -- coming-of-age tale set against German terrorists-turned-parents-on-the-run -- that is mostly executed nicely. Some of the acting felt a bit clumsy, and the movie could have done with a tighter edit but overall a smart and new take on a known narrative.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★½

    Boy, what a drag. A huge disappointment -- but I seem to be one of a kind in not liking this movie. The idea to follow the same actors over a 12-year period is interesting, but that in itself doesn't lead to a great movie. Let me repeat: The idea to follow the same actors over a 12-year period is interesting, but that in itself doesn't mean the end result will be awesome. And this one just didn't do it…

  • Le Plaisir

    Le Plaisir

    ★★★½

    What a pleasure! This movie has great energy, not in the least because of the stunning use of the Ophuls-tracking shots. The second section, with the awesome Jean Gabin, is close to perfect!