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  • Thoroughly Modern Millie

    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    ★★★½

    A young woman goes to the big city to land a job and find a rich man to marry while young orphan women are being kidnapped to be sold as white slaves. I was expecting this to be a musical and there are a couple of really good numbers and musical-type gags (including the elevator where you have to tap dance to get it to work) but it seems like they really wanted to scale back on it being such.…

  • Life

    Life

    ★★★½

    A crew at an international space station recover a soil sample from Mars and discover a dormant alien organism, first proof of alien life. Of course, things don't go well. Okay, this is very much obviously an Alien meets Gravity knock-off but as far as that goes, it's not really bad. It's actually a fun ride.It follows the tropes and the narrative beats but twists them around a bit enough that it doesn't get too predictable and has a couple…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…