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  • While We're Young

    While We're Young

    Adam Driver always seems like he's on a different planet, which works especially well here. His shifty character benefits from Driver's odd, seemingly random facial twitches. He's so clearly a phony that part of the joy of this is watching Stiller falling for his stories, like watching him watch the "my mom had cancer" confession is not unlike watching a horror character go into a room where the monster clearly is. In fact, the more I think of it, the…

  • The Polka King

    The Polka King

    Jack Black's energy and charisma can do much to elevate the movie surrounding him, but in this case it seems like the filmmakers wagered too much on him to carry the story and didn't put enough into the rest of it. The brief madcap hospital chase was a highlight, as was most of the prison sequence, but it mostly didn't work for me.

    [Something I thought of after I got so caught up in Black's positive vibes that I cheered…

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  • The Mosquito Coast

    The Mosquito Coast


    Allie Fox, inventor, hates what America has become but doesn't realize that he IS America. He thinks he wants to leave civilization to live a simple life in the jungle, but he really wants to colonize other lands to build his own version of civilization there. It's the only way he can have the power he thinks he deserves. The jungle is too much for him, and so is his ego, and so things start to fall apart for him…

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Thomas Vinterberg's previous film "The Hunt" was nerve-singeing, nail-biting, emotionally brutal, and near brilliant, which is what makes his and David Nicholls's dreadfully boring and erratic adaptation of "Far From The Madding Crowd" so disappointing. The story flits from moment to moment so quickly that there is hardly time to have a thought about it, and jumps in time that are meant to be elliptical instead feel like there were pages missing from the book that the screenplay was adapted…