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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★★

    A film where all involved seem to be firing on all cylinders. Easily Sorkin's best screenplay for the big screen this century (and maybe his best film work ever), and David Fincher's clean frames, detached cinematography, and disturbingly blase exploitation of various unnamed undergrad women underline the thematic work here incredibly well. Watching this again last night, it seems impossible to deny that Fincher is a master, even as I tend to be less enamored with his work than many.…

  • Winter's Bone

    Winter's Bone

    ★★★★★

    Most of the attention paid to the film at the time, by myself and others, was around Jennifer Lawrence's star-making performance. She's absolutely gobsmacking in the film, a mixture of hard-edged and vulnerable that never stopped surprising me. She also carries the film, appearing in functionally every scene of the movie. It's perspective is hers, and if Lawrence wasn't wholly captivating, the movie would be a difficult proposition.

    But on this viewing, I was taken specifically by Debra Granik's direction,…

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  • Wonder Boys

    Wonder Boys

    ★★★★½

    Professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) has been writing his latest novel for seven years—its now over two thousand pages long and still not done. When his wife leaves him, his mistress and boss (Frances Mcdormand) announces she's pregnant, his agent (Robert Downey Jr.) comes to town to pressure him on the book, and an eccentric student (Toby Maguire) begins to entwine himself in Grady's life, things are about to come to a head. Vacillating in a pot-induced haze, Grady takes…

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    In the Golden Era of Hollywood, the musical was, at its core, a celebration. It was a love letter to the concept of putting on a show, a paean to collaboration, and an ode to the power of film, to the power of song, and to the power of love. In that regard, Singin’ in the Rain is probably the greatest musical produced in the greatest age for musicals, a witty, heartwarming, toe-tapping celebration of the studio system and the…