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  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★½

    No doubt the value of this film in regards to curation is bar none. In fact the 30 min “making of” doc that followed the film was at least as good as the film itself. As a documentary, it’s ok. The images are gorgeous (particularly the silhouetted shots) but just not much to tie into as the story.

  • The Bourne Legacy

    The Bourne Legacy

    ★★★

    Had a lot of things going for it but in the end just couldn’t quite put all of the pieces together for me.

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★½

    Watching this was exactly like getting sage wisdom from a grandparent. It’s typically something you’ve heard before, offered in the unsurprising way you’d expect, but delivered with such honest conviction it somehow means more now than it ever has before.

    Don’t sacrifice your family for a job.

    And Clint Eastwood is either a phenomenal actor, or he’s not acting at all in this. I can’t tell.

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    Happy as Lazzaro

    ★★★★

    Really brilliant pacing, cinematography, performances, and music. Tough to point out what’s missing. I think multiple viewings would really aid this one.

  • Fyre

    Fyre

    ★★★

    “Instagram come to life”

  • Juliet, Naked

    Juliet, Naked

    ★★★½

    Really pleasant romantic comedy. Chris O’Dowd is so freaking funny in this and is probably what keeps it from feeling stale.

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★

    Didn’t really get this one.

  • The Squid and the Whale

    The Squid and the Whale

    ★★★★★

    This film is so emotionally brutal and unflinching that I was shocked when I found myself laughing. A screenplay like this is twisted in the best possible way. Career performances from Linney and Daniels. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such deplorable characters onscreen before and, for some reason unknown to me, I was rooting for them.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★★½

    Everything in this movie is good. And Ben Whishaw is really good.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Tree of Life begins with a quotation from Job 38.

    "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

    What follows that quotation is essentially the visual artistic representation of those verses. Somehow in the matter of a few hours Malick is able to ask almost every question about God and life imaginable. The film is quite unconventional, and if you are new…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    The camera moves in such a way as to always remind you that someone is behind it. It’s as if you’re taking a stroll through someone’s beautiful, haunting memories. Those memories also happened to perfectly photographed. This is next level stuff from Cuarón.

  • Zama

    Zama

    ★★★★

    “I say no to your hopes.”

    This movie is like cayenne pepper to me. The initial impression is felt, but not to its full extent. It’s only after it lingers a while before you realize its full potency.