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  • Silence



    This is a monumental work by one of our master filmmakers. It's a shattering meditation on faith, doubt, devotion and pride that's both contemplative and harrowing. It's definitely not an easy movie to watch, which was reflected by its lack of awards season attention and limited theatrical release. As expected, the film is artfully and thoughtfully crafted by Scorsese with a great anchoring performance by Andrew Garfield. Despite its religious theme, the film doesn't feel too preachy. Rather, its approach…

  • Trance



    Trance is a very stylishly made puzzlebox of a movie that likes subverting your understanding of its plot and its characters every few minutes. It's a fun ride that I feel holds up to scrutiny after repeat viewings. James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel all deliver strong and nuanced performances that need to hold up to the viewer's shifting perspectives on their characters. The movie is a fusion of genres and mixes elements from many disparate films like Snatch,…

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  • White House Down

    White House Down


    Another big, silly action movie, but the most entertaining one of the summer so far. I had a much more fun time watching this than with my viewings of Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, World War Z, Iron Man 3, or Fast & Furious 6. It feels like good old fashioned action entertainment in the vein of the Die Hard series or even the better '90s Bruckheimer-produced actioners.

    Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx have great chemistry onscreen. James Woods…

  • Excalibur



    There are better movies out there, but few are as awesome as John Boorman's "Excalibur". Growing up a fan of Arthurian legend, I remember watching this for the first time and and being a little put off by its 1980s bombasticity. At first, Nicol Williamson's performance as Merlin seemed strange and Nigel Terry as Arthur didn't feel quite right for a film's hero. But getting deeper into its story of Pagan magic, gleaming armor, epic chivalry, and trippy visuals, it…