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  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★½

    For the most part this is a two hander, and what a two hander it is. The film is atmospheric, suspenseful, and scary in that old-timers way, where a tale/story becomes larger than life and totally takes over. You know, where there is a story rather than just chain saws and torture. More Carrie than Saw.

    The film takes its time, as it should. Writer/director Jennifer Kent didn't create a story to scare you; no she created a story to…

  • Wajib

    Wajib

    ★★★★★

    Wajib is a masterpiece.
    It is not written and directed by Bela Tarr or Tarkovsky or Kubrick or Hitchcock or Orson Welles.
    Nor is it written and directed by someone who aspires to be Bela Tarr or Tarkovsky or Kubrick or Hitchcock or Orson Well.
    It will not change cinema, nor will it affect camera techniques in the future.
    It is not geeky and it will never make the Sense of Cinema list.
    It is nothing more than a perfect…

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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…