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  • Get on Up

    Get on Up

    ★★★

    Without a thematic through-line, this film is disjointed and detached in its soulless attempt to span an illustrious lifetime and 50 years of music. It simply lacks an emotional core--however Chadwick Boseman exceeds expectations in delivering a fearless committed performance.

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive

    ★★★½

    Specificity pulsating with nuanced subtlety. Love the late cuts there's magic in those extra beats. Unfortunately this movie is too altogether uneventful for my taste.

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  • Panic

    Panic

    ★★★

    Unfortunately this film's premise did not meet my expectations--although William H. Macy is as provocative as ever. Two ensemble roles were miscast IMHO: Donald Sutherland was interesting as a hit man's father but just didn't add any depth to his role, and Tracy Ullman is flat out flat--disappointingly so in a crucial scene between lying husband and suspecting wife.

    I needed to see more at stake for my lead character: more to lose if he murders his psychiatrist (John Ritter) and more budding intimacy with his mistress (Neve Campbell) who delivers the most remarkable performance in the film.

  • 300: Rise of an Empire

    300: Rise of an Empire

    ★★★½

    The character Artemisia played by French Actress Eva Green is the highlight of this seafaring bloodbath of a sequel.