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  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★★½

    DARKEST HOUR starts out very, very strongly, with the acting, script, and especially cinematography and score working in concert together to maximum effect. Somewhere along the line, and I honestly can't tell you where, it becomes less than great, with an absolutely terrible scene (that takes place on a train) near the end. Through it all though, Gary Oldman is as amazing as you've heard.

    Side note: I was very disappointed to read how much of the film is fictitious.

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★½

    I found a good way to break the ice when it comes to talking to my future kids about drugs.

    One of the most visceral, powerful films I’ve ever seen.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Everything from the fascinating script to the beautiful cinematography to Joaquin Phoenix's incredible performance to Scarlett Johansson's humanizing vocal performance as an operating system to the incisive commentary on our relationships with technology and on our relationships with each other and on our relationships with ourselves to the fact that it never reveals what year it's supposed to be but it feels like not too far in the future to the score that perfectly compliments the visuals to all the…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle directs the hell out of LA LA LAND, and I'm not sure if anyone, ANYONE else, could've pulled it off like he has. The way he borrows from the past and incorporates nostalgia and specific nods to so many films and musicals while presenting it all in such a fresh and exciting way - it's simply amazing. The music, cinematography, production design, costume design, set decoration, choreography, etc. all exceeded my expectations while still complimenting each other to…