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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★

    What a fluke that his name turned out to be something that means 'lion' just like the title of the film!

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★½

    It is dusty.
    I don't know if that makes it a western or not, but it is dusty.
    You can see it, taste it, feel it in your hair.
    It does not happen often that a film's look and feel gets to me as much as this one did.
    The only problem with the film that I could see is that the main characters don't drink nearly enough for the amount of dust lying about.
    Everything else they do, though, is perfectly engaging.

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★

    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…