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  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★★

    I was a huge fan of McKay’s The Big Short & had high expectations for this film based off the excellent trailer but to be honest this movie falls far short of this bar. The movie seems to be more about showcasing Bale’s transformation of the former Vice President, than a complete film. It tries to do the comedic drama thing if the aforementioned The Big Short bit even the comedic pieces seem flat & not as clever as it wants to…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★

    I had heard many great things about Shoplifters so I was very excited to see it. I knew almost nothing about the plot which I think helped in it feeling fresh & pleasantly surprised. The film answers the age old questions about what truly makes a family or a bond. Many people are loyal to the blood that runs in your veins but I’m more inclined to say it’s the people that have the biggest impact on your life & where there…

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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…