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  • The Circle

    The Circle

    ★½

    90% bad episode of Black Mirror, 10% bad episode of Silicon Valley.

  • Blue

    Blue

    ★★★

    Da Ba De Da Ba Di

    Most passages were a bit too self-consciously poetical and abstracted to connect for me (though I appreciated his bitterness, raging against the dying of the light rather than the more familiar and less interesting acceptance often depicted), but there were several instances that caught me off guard, especially the end, as suddenly, almost overwhelmingly powerful.

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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…