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  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    ★★

    Should have heeded the advice of the title.

    As Gene Kelly danced, Maria Falconetti cried, or Bruce Lee kicked, Tom Cruise runs. He's just the best there is at it and I could happily watch little else for 2 hours. Especially since I mostly enjoyed his other recent disposable action pics like Knight and Day and the first Jack Reacher, a "Tom Cruise on the run" movie held low expectations promise as at least a diverting lazy Sunday watch.

    Unfortunately…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★

    Extremely well-designed and shot (duh), but badly miscast, poorly structured and paced, stilted and awkwardly written, and generally over-the-top. Nicholson goes way too crazy way too early for this to generate any real tension or scares instead of just being a predictable, monotonous slide toward a foregone conclusion. I'd remembered Duvall being the weak link but this time found her relatively fine (she runs like a wacky inflatable flailing arm tube man, but otherwise does what she can with a…

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  • Revolutionary Road

    Revolutionary Road

    ★★★★★

    Perhaps the most underappreciated Hollywood film of the last several years. A brilliant realization of a novel on the level of Gatsby, Lolita, and Sirens of Titan with career best performances from DiCaprio, Winslet, and the remarkable Michael Shannon. I've seen it only once since it's such a hard experience to relive, but it shook me to my core and hasn't left my thoughts for long since. In short, a masterpiece.

  • 13th

    13th

    ★★★½

    Very conflicted on this one.

    It does a remarkable job marshaling an avalanche of evidence to prove a thoroughly credible, convincing thesis on a timely subject central to the lives, laws, and morals of its audience and their society.

    It's the most compelling advocacy doc of its type since Inside Job and it has a lot in common with that film and Charles Ferguson's other masterpiece, No End in Sight. Through incredible access, probing questions, precision editing, and a strong…