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  • The Martian

    The Martian

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    How I love this movie. It's a great survival story, of course, with Ridley Scott's usual attention to detail and knack for making technology sexy. But what really resonates with me is the film's philosophy, its depiction of human beings at their best when the situation appears to be the worst. Nobody in this movie is a bad guy, even the Director of NASA who appears to be such an antagonist, but really is only acting as someone in his…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the sort of movie I feel obligated to say I liked, even though I really didn't enjoy it. I can't criticize it on any sort of technical grounds. It's beautifully filmed, well acted, and the script is intelligent and literate. Purely as a character study, the movie is masterful; Oscar Isaac's performance as the titular protagonist is remarkable, often revealing deep insights into his tight-lipped character with a mere expression. That said, Llewyn Davis, the character -- a…

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  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★★

    I liked the first two-thirds when it was basically a character study better than the final act when everything gets 'splodey, but overall it's a good film. Pretty people and beautiful production design is always worth something, too.