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  • All About Nina

    All About Nina

    ★★★★

    I had no expectations going into this movie knowing very little about it but the premise sounded interesting & I am a big fan of Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Wow was I blown away. The movie is very funny & fast with not only great performances from Winstead (Oscar worthy in my opinion) but a surprisingly turn in the 3rd act. I imagine unless you are a standup comedian it must be hard to write standup sets that sprinkle the movie. Although not…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★

    Kenneth Lonergan does it again with a great heartfelt film that deals with coping with the best & worst life has to offer. Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler is pitch perfect & better than I've ever seen him or at least since Gone Baby Gone. He plays Lee with just the right amount of quietness but also with the torment of a man who is grieving of the worst kind. Affleck speaks when he needs to & plays Lee in a less is…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    2016 was a great year for movies & one of my favorites was the excellent sophomore effort from the young Damien Chazelle. Whiplash was 1 of my favorites the year it came out but it being told based off Chazelle's personal experience was what made it so engaging & fantastic. With La La Land Chazelle was looking to bring back the dance/musical format that has long passed us by but that many look back to with repeated viewings of the classics. This…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    An early David Fincher gem that had a string of copycats, (literally Copycat), that followed the same dark crime noir. Pitt who had the early misfortune of being easy on the eyes, began to smartly buck the trend, by cutting off his famous golden locks & choosing harder, gritty roles. He's rarely been better than Detective David Mills & the always dependable Morgan Freeman is the perfect yen to Pitt's hothead Mills' yang. The premise follows a series of murders that seem…