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  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    Something that really struck me on this rewatch was how the narrative plays with perspective and exposition-through-omission. Even though we witness the story exclusively from Tom Cruise's vantage point; frequent leaps in the timeline ensure we're constantly behind the information-curve.

    The audience doesn't learn new information when Cruise does; we learn only when he shares that knowledge with others. It is a remarkably smart, and effective storytelling technique; allowing the time-loop narrative to feel much longer and involved than it…

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  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

    ★★★★½

    A big, fun, wacky adventure. Great choice for my 300th film of the year! Why don't they make ensemble comedies anymore?

  • The Lovebirds

    The Lovebirds

    ★★★★

    A quick, funny, clever script that mashes up comedy, romance, and mystery in an entertaining adventure... and it stars people of color. Netflix, more stuff like this please!

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    An unqualified masterpiece.

    This captivating science fiction drama from critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan was produced on a budget of $165 million, and released on November 5, 2014. Although it's an entirely original property with no ties to any previous works, the hype surrounding Nolan's ninth feature film was so high, Warner Bros. studios traded away the rights to its lucrative "Friday The 13th" series (among other franchises) just to secure worldwide distribution rights to this movie. So to say…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Gyllenhaal is masterful.

    This low-budget American crime-thriller from first-time director Dan Gilroy was a critical and commercial success following its theatrical release on Halloween, 2014. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an enigmatic individual who muscles his way into the world of crime journalism: earning money by photographing accidents and murders late at night, and selling them to a local news station. He is a quirky, bottom-feeding opportunist, exhibiting signs of high-functioning autism... always communicating directly, if dishonestly with his mark.

    Gyllenhaal…