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  • 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…

  • 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…

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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★★

    The talented Edgar Wright directs easy one of my favorite films to date based of a popular comic book. Full disclosure, I've never read the comic book, but Wright seems to get not only the humor but the spirit of the story which so many films seem to miss on. Michael Cera is perfect as the title character & the supporting cast are all just as wonderful. I love movies like this with their sharp, fast wit & well executed inventiveness. The…

  • 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…