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  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★★

    I readily admit that if there was a method to Hold the Dark's madness, it was lost on me. This is a disappointment coming from Jeremy Saulnier after Blue Ruin and Green Room. There is an apparent subtext throughout that I simply did not understand. Either the clues are there, but so subtly that I missed them, or it is just intentionally vague. Whichever it is, it did not feel hollow. It is not quite on the level of an Enemy or Under the Skin, but it has enough style and intrigue for me to recommend it.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    Anton Chigurh: What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?
    Gas Station Proprietor: Sir?
    Anton Chigurh: The most. You ever lost. On a coin toss.
    Gas Station Proprietor: I don't know. I couldn't say.
    [Chigurh flips a quarter from the change on the counter and covers it with his hand]
    Anton Chigurh: Call it.
    Gas Station Proprietor: Call it?
    Anton Chigurh: Yes.
    Gas Station Proprietor: For what?
    Anton Chigurh: Just call it.
    Gas Station Proprietor: Well, we need…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    Oh what a day, what a lovely day!

    George Miller is a mad scientist. To sum up my review of Mad Max: Fury Road in two words: Holy shit. I admire those of you able to write these long, structured reviews after one viewing of this film, because I walked out of the theater with more feelings than coherent thoughts. So I apologize in advance if this review comes across as rambling. I have mostly flashes of imagery and brief…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★½

    I walked into the cinema excited to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as I do most Marvel films. I had high expectations, but it exceeded them and nailed practically everything it set out to accomplish. As a comic book film, it's a ton of fun, with larger than life characters leaping off of the page and into a grounded, but not too grounded, world. As a political thriller, it calls attention to current events, like government monitoring and eliminating…