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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★½

    Like Groundhog Day but relentlessly dull. Driver plays a walking shrug emoji. Plus 1 star for Marvin, the real star of the movie.

  • Headshot

    Headshot

    ★★

    Headshot features some decent fight choreography marred by terrible camera work and a worse story. Not a single character's motivations make any sense and literally every character bleeds out of their mouth at some point. More than once it rains dramatically or a character inexplicably starts speaking English. All of this SOUNDS amazing, but somehow they made it boring.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Wow. Holy shit. That was like Full Metal Jacket: The Musical. J.K. Simmons is electric as a hard-ass Jazz band conductor and, while I didn't like his character, Miles Teller really puts it all out there as his ambitious, young student.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    ★★★½

    Despite its 207 minute running time, Seven Samurai is quite engaging throughout. It's influences on modern action movies, particularly those assembling a group of heroes, is easily recognizable. I don't quite get why this movie is considered one of the best ever made, but it's certainly worth watching.