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  • Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain

    ★★½

    It's rather incredible that Minghella somehow managed to make a masterful film like Talented Mr. Ripley sandwiched between perhaps the two biggest, dullest, most aimlessly plotted, shamelessly overacted, and patently Oscar baiting movies of modern times.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    Unnecessarily convoluted and overly expository as a result, the story suffers in comparison to the streamlined efficiency of the previous two outings, but it has several of the best chase scenes in particular I’ve ever seen, expertly constructed action, and superb craft on display throughout. This remains the best action franchise in modern Hollywood. Run, Tommy, run.

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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…