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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    WOW! JUST WOW! Frankly, that's the only way I know how to describe a film this artistic, creative, imaginative and filled with such life and joy. Wes Anderson is one of the few directors whose films make me instantly happy when I start watching them. 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (like all of his films) mixes the imagination and creativity of a 4-year-old with the wisdom of a Rhodes scholar. This is Anderson's best movie in years and that's due, in…

  • The Monuments Men

    The Monuments Men

    ★★

    And to believe I was actually excited for this film! I mean, George Clooney at the director's chair, a cast filled with A-grade actors and an amazing, little-known true story set in WW2 that has never been put to the screen before. What could possibly go wrong? Well, honestly, just about everything. This film is a clunky mess from start to finish. It's dull, passionless, and, above all, just plain boring. So boring, in fact, that after about 15 minutes…

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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★½

    "Oldboy", directed by Park Chan-wook, is an excitingly fresh and innovative take on the revenge film sub-genre that has been worn out by so many Hollywood filmmakers over the years. Thankfully, Chan isn't a Hollywood filmmaker; no, instead he is a storyteller who would rather go off the beaten path, try something new, and fail than stay in the uninspired slums of the average 21st Century mainstream artist. He has a clear and precise vision, and with "Oldboy" that vision…

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie

    ★★★★

    'The LEGO Movie' is one of the most pleasantly surprising films I've seen in years. What could have been a mindless product placement movie turned into a film that surprised me with it's emotional depth and sense of humor. "The LEGO Movie" has the feel of something Pixar might have done a few years ago, however, this is better than the last three Pixar movies combined. It's funny, intelligent, and thought it's only February, I doubt we'll see a better animated movie this year.