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  • Infernal Machine

    Infernal Machine

    ★★★★

    Utterly nutso anarchist-leaning take down of the bourgeois with plenty of sexy undertones. Has to be seen to be believed.

  • The Man Who Cried Wolf

    The Man Who Cried Wolf

    ★★★

    Man, this is a dopey one. A man confesses to killings he didn't commit to throw off the scent from himself when he finally murders. But-- oh no-- his protege is accused instead! Tensionless, utterly silly, but Lewis Stone is compelling no matter what.

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    The Secret Life of Bees

    ★★★

    I kind of wish this movie was less about the pretty white girl's typical 'rediscovering her mom' junk and more about Hudson's discovery and connection to a group of women who embody so many of her own feelings that she could never express before.

    Instead, the dramatic beats seem like less of an awakening than a mishmash. The insertion of contemporary music is jarring, and the overuse of montage covers some moments that would be better left explored. Just kind of unsatisfying overall, though it has a lot of good pieces.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★½

    Kind of embarrassing, really. New characters and old ones don't coalesce very well, with many of those returning having their motivations and charms swept under the rug for the sake of keeping secrets for the inevitable sequels.

    Abrams, whose eye for action sequences and just the look of things is fine, seems to confuse a fast pace for narrative finesse. This was also a problem in Star Trek Into Darkness-- all of the planets in this movie feel immediately next…