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  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★½

    Molly’s Game was good. It was entertaining, and held my attention despite being very long. Jessica Chastain is a national treasure. From a directorial standpoint, I couldn’t tell it was a debut (so, kudos to Aaron Sorkin for that... Not that he has to impress me, but you know what I mean). However...

    Apologies that my first instinct of a critique is going to come across crude, but here it is:


    Molly’s Game is what happens when Aaron Sorkin starts…

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★★★★

    Captain Fantastic is the movie I wish I had written. Plain and simple.

    Matt Ross' film may just be my favorite of awards season. It was smart, funny, sad, and entirely original without being, you know... weird. (Although it is beautifully offbeat, and takes a couple liberties that, I suspect, wouldn't have made the final cut of a big-budget studio picture.)

    Set around a family who is raised unconventionally, at multiple points in the film, I found myself saying, "Hmm.…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    Beautiful. Provocative. Real.

    Moonlight is a film that needs to exist. It is a beautifully-shot film that stays with you, making you question and reflect. It's a story rarely (if ever) told, and yet manages - with the perfect juxtaposition of both courage and restraint - to capture an authentic story of human existence.

    Although the setting is about as far from my reality as possible (I'm a middle-class, straight, white male from Pennsylvania), it spoke to themes everyone can…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★

    I've read several bad reviews of Beauty and the Beast, mostly from people whose advice I very much respect in terms of film, musicals and music in general. I'll say this: Watch without analyzing or comparing it to the source material. Watch it as a fan. Watch it with child-like wonderment. The film is fun and gorgeous.

    - Sure, Emma Watson's voice is auto-tuned (and British, even though Belle is French... but dammit if she doesn't look stunning).

    - Sure,…