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  • 13th

    13th

    ★★★★½

    Heartbreaking. Eye-opening,

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    ★★★½

    For good of for ill, I approached this film through the lens of The Royal Tenenbaum's. While watching the preview it was hard not to - it features an eclectic family coming to grips with both their aging/ailing father and their childhoods. Also, Ben Stiller. And Anderson and Baumbach have co-written a couple films.

    While the stories of Tenenbaum and Meyerowitz families are both deftly told through fantastic writing and solid performances, the movies certainly aren't carbon copies of one…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    I think anyone who has ever taken music lessons or participated in an ensemble can appreciate the drive to be better, and the fear of disappointing a director.

    Whiplash explores the desire for success, and the drive toward greatness. It can lead to incredible creation, but it can also destroy. And when your goal is to achieve greatness, more often than not you will fall short.

    I had no idea where Whiplash would take me, and even during the climactic…

  • A Bridge Too Far

    A Bridge Too Far

    ★★★★★

    A fantastic WWII epic, with a scope that is hard to fathom in the CGI era. Director Richard Attenborough's attention to detail combined with his ability to draw a range of emotions from his actors make for a powerful story.

    Of course it helped that he had some of the finest actors at his disposal, including Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman, James Caan, Robert Redford, and Lawrence Olivier. Quite the cast.