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  • The Manchurian Candidate

    The Manchurian Candidate

    ★★★½

    A swirling whirlwind of tension and dread. Enhanced by sharp, rugged editing and grounded thanks to Demme's direction. There are some issues with the script and it's probably a tad too long, but there's a lot to love here.

    Denzel and Schreiber give good performances. Meryl Streep is impressively Machiavellian, too.

  • The Town

    The Town

    ★★★★

    A pulse-pounding, rip-roaring thriller with a great cast. Probably my favorite directorial effort from Affleck. Also, incredible work from editor Dylan Tichenor -- this is one of the best-edited films of 2010.

    The only thing that works against The Town is its very derivative story. There's just not much to distinguish it from the films it takes inspiration from: mainly Heat and Mystic River. The romance also feels a bit too cliched for a film of this caliber.

    Still, this is a hell of a time. I wish I had been able to see it in theaters.

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    A modern masterpiece. The Coen Brothers create a world filled with silence and then use Hitchcock-esque suspense to tear violent holes in said world.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Well damn. That was quite a film. Fury Road manages to be entertaining with its action and profound with its storytelling. It's not a "blow you away, make you rethink life" kind of film, but it does rip your eyes from their sockets and captivate you from start to finish.

    If that's not a mark of a masterpiece, I don't know what is.