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  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★½

    Isabella Huppert gives an phenomenal, intense, and searing performance in Paul Verhoeven's latest movie, Elle. This effort is gripping, complex, and utterly spellbinding. The plot goes in some kooky directions that I didn't love, but Verhoeven is a unique entity and this was never boring for a second. It's funny, ironic, weird, bold, alluring, and disturbing. I honestly had no idea where it was headed from one twist to the next, which is to its credit. Flaws or no, it's a must-see because Huppert is amazing.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    This is another excellent entry into the Star Wars franchise. There might be a lot of inside references and nods to the original films, but they didn't improve or damage this either way for me. I liked that this was a stand-alone piece and I thought the ending was poignant and made Rogue One better than just a standard sci-fi hero/villain "saving the day" picture. The CGI technique with Grand Moff Tarkin (and Leia) was obviously shaky. The fact that…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    "I'm never eating at Benihana again. I don't care whose birthday it is."

    The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese's 23rd feature and his 5th collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, is just damn brilliant.

    It is one of the best films of the year. Every cast and crew member is firing on all cylinders. I was tempted to say this is DiCaprio's Goodfellas in terms of his tenure under Scorsese's wing because it has more in common with that, but from a…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    The final 30-45 minutes of Nightcrawler contain some of the most gripping cinema you will see this year. It is an insane, adrenaline-fueled ending that will have the viewer on the edge of their seat, on pins and needles, white-knuckled, and any other overused critic line you can think of. I'm not sure how interested I would have been in Dan Gilroy's debut had it not been for the magnificent first trailer. The ones that followed weren't as crazy, but…