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  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★½

    This is such a difficult movie for me to discuss, let alone rank and assign any sort of qualitative assessment to it. Because the fact is, this movie is good. It's beautifully shot and scored, and Henry Fonda as a villain is fascinating, but it's also almost a three-hour-long western, and between the long length and it being a genre I hate, I got incredibly bored with it. It's a very slow-moving three hours, too, it's lots of lingering shots…

  • Gran Torino

    Gran Torino

    ★★½

    While, as always, I appreciate that Clint Eastwood's take on vigilante justice is quite a bit more thoughtful than most, I had a really tough time with his character in this movie. Besides not buying the motivation for his character change, his anger and racism are never really addressed or called out in any way -- it just gets sidestepped in favor of "But you're a good man" when, really, there's been no indication of that so far. It's especially…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★½

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…