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  • The Queen of Versailles

    The Queen of Versailles

    ★★★½

    "Mommy, why are all these people on our airplane?"

    "Don't worry, Eric , they won't eat us ... I hope" .. "And stop calling me Mommy"

    A dream.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    Damn. It’s bad enough that this year’s crop of films turned my love of Marge Gunderson to fear, but now sweet Catherine Keener too?!

    What a debut! Writer / Director Jordan Peele steers his hybrid horror with laser guided precision, dropping breadcrumbs all along the way, and daring you to outsmart him ( ok, he gives you a win once in awhile just to keep you in the game ). It’s the quirky and unsettled balance of unease, comedy, and…

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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

    $225,000,000

    Two Hundred And Twenty Five Million Dollars.

    The budget for this turd was Two Hundred And Twenty Five MILLION dollars.

    What else would this sum buy you? I checked; a random search for 2014 / 2013 favourites lists here on LB. I looked at 30 or so, and picked out what I saw as peoples favourites.

    Under the Skin $16M
    Boyhood $2.4M
    Only Lovers Left Alive $7M
    Grand Budapest Hotel $31M
    Her $23M
    12 Years a Slave $20M
    Dallas…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Before my parents married, my father was studying to be a concert pianist at the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto; the upper echelon of musical academies up here in the Great White North. Before that, while still at home in New Brunswick, he would spend his weekends playing in a swing dance band; This is where he met my mum. He spent his weekday evenings practicing at home.

    My grandfather, a colonel in the Canadian army, advocated his…