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  • Summer '03

    Summer '03

    ★★★★★

    I was 16 during the (latter days of the) summer of 2003, just like Joey King's character in this lightly nostalgic, slightly acidic coming-of-age flick reminiscent of the kind of indie sleepers they made around that time but really don't as much anymore ("Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" and "Confessions of an American Girl", anyone? I think those both actually starred Jena Malone if I'm not mistaken, weird). Paul Scheer, who Damian Chazelle thinks can't do drama, actually does a…

  • Pledge

    Pledge

    ★★★

    The "Saw" of college rush week hazing movies. This movie is brutal.

    I went into this movie completely blind. I actually thought it was going to turn out to be a vampire movie in the end lol it was not a vampire movie, just a brutal hazing torture flick.

    And that's why only 3 stars. Not enough depth at all even though I give them kudos for pulling an Ellen Ripley and having the most minor seeming of the main characters be the "final guy".

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  • Somewhere

    Somewhere

    ★★★★★

    I love this film. It's easily my favorite film of 2010. Elle Fanning is riveting, Dorff gives the performance of his career (ok, that's not saying much) and while it's more-or-less a companion piece to "Lost in Translation", it's also Coppola's nod to Antonioni. Love it.

  • Lost River

    Lost River

    ★★★★★

    Production designed like a motherforker and gorgeously, eerily filmed, Ryan Gosling's much ballyhooed directorial debut "Lost River" is a masterpiece and one of the great cinematic discoveries of 2015 so far (though, to be fair, I've known of the movie for years, since it was first announced as "How to Catch a Monster").

    Christina Hendricks from "Mad Men" plays a single mom who gets a job at a seedy club that is kind of like a circus of violence for…