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  • Observe and Report

    Observe and Report

    ★★★½

    This is almost beat for beat Taxi Driver at the mall, but through the filter of the sensibilities of Seth Rogan. It's a lot funnier than I had remembered and actually not as violent. It's incredibly violent, don't get me wrong, but the shock of it the first time made me remember it as having murderd left and right. Not so, thank God.

  • Running on Empty

    Running on Empty

    ★★½

    Lumet’s interesting take on members of groups like The Weather Underground living life on the run. This feels a lot like it would be better suited to be a TV series of a family with assumed identities, although this also seems to wear through the themes such a story would touch on. This would be better if there was more cleverness in the escapes and assumption of new identities by the family members.

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

    Greta Gerwig hits it out of the park with her directorial debut. My family and I happen to be moving to Sacramento this summer so it's especially great to see the city that my baby son will be growing up in. Most of the movie the city is shot with a little extra sunlight to make it look washed out and run down, but by the end there is a montage that shows the city in a livelier, more colorful…

  • The Verdict

    The Verdict

    ★★★★★

    No, it isn’t the most accurate legal movie ever made, although it does touch on a lot of the parts of a trial including Voir Dire. When being a movie fan it’s best to turn off the lawyer part of the brain while enjoying a movie. This plays by movie rules of the courtroom for narrative and it’s best not to get hung up on those things when there’s Sidney Lumet’s incredible staging and camera movements on display. The score is minimal if it’s used at all and the camera movements flourish in place of a swelling score.