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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★★★

    I was curious how I would respond to 'The Birth of a Nation' after its somewhat rollercoaster-esque reception from the world at large. I didn't follow the controversy too closely but it definitely seemed like another case of the filmmaker's personal life tainting people's opinion of the film. Now that I have seen it I can safely say it isn't a masterpiece tarnished by Nate Parker's reputation but it is a very strong film, beautifully made with a lot of…

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    ★★½

    There are fleeting moments here that feel inspired and exciting. The rest feels like a piece of homework that you just have to get through. I've honestly never felt so old trying to follow the ins and outs of the world created here. Now I'm just curious if Tim Burton understood it either...

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  • Bowling for Columbine

    Bowling for Columbine

    ★★★★★

    Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
    The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…

  • Argo

    Argo

    ★★★★★

    If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.

    In many…