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  • Bad Santa 2

    Bad Santa 2

    ★★★

    A funny sequel that doesn't have as much heart as the first film, but manages to expand the stories of these despicable people and introduce some new faces. This is one of Billy Bob Thornton's best characters. Is this offensive just for the sake of being offensive? Yes, but I would argue that you know what your signing on to when you watch this sequel. It has flaws sure, but I had a good time.

  • Then She Found Me

    Then She Found Me

    ★★

    This was an odd movie. It tries to cover a lot of territory from a mother-daughter reunion to a romance and even the issues of trying to have children. It never nails any of those areas. It doesn't help that the characters are hard to gauge emotionally and often unlikable. I like Helen Hunt and Colin Firth from a performance perspective, but these are hard people to flesh out properly. In terms of her direction, Hunt never gets into a smooth stride. The shots are unimpressive and the editing is choppy. Overall it just struck me as a bizarre mishmash of tones and bleh personalities.

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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…