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  • Revolt

    Revolt

    ★★½

    The movie is titled Revolt, but throughout the film, there are spray painted signs with the world "Resist". So go figure.

    Cinematic level photography and production design, given its budget. Starring well-established actors. The direction is fine. Too bad the screenplay is less than mediocre. Once the beautiful Berenice Marlohe leaves the film, the final act is a wet noodle. This film does try to provide a metaphor by portraying a white American soldier in war-torn Africa. Battle-fatigued with amnesia,…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    I wonder if anyone was thinking like I was that Matthias Schoenaerts or Tom Hardy would've been perfect in the lead role. But, Joaquin Phoenix somehow makes this character his own. He's Hobo with a Hammer. Lynne Ramsey and her cinematographer completely take advantage of Phoenix's unique physique. Not just his prosthetic scars, but his real life crooked torso tells us everything we need to know about this broken veteran suffering from PTSD.

    The story lacks credibility, once you piece…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    If you ever wanted to see David Fincher direct a Lifetime Network murder-mystery, this is it. Perfectly cast, including Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry, surprisingly. The female cast was impeccable - Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens. I found the male cast particularly interesting. Fincher selected male actors that have real life public personas that are or have been "unlikeable" like Affleck and Perry. He also chose male supporting actors that usually play sensitive and emasculated men like Patrick…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★★

    Looper is the perfect example of creating an original film that was inspired by a classic one. James Cameron's The Terminator has better action. Rian Johnson's Looper has better drama. It's ironic that Emily Blunt's character is named Sarah, very much like Sarah Connor.

    Like the original Terminator, this was a low budget sci-fi film. Yet, the production design, photography and editing are top notch. The performances were fantastic, especially the young Pierce Gagnon. If I have one nitpick, it's…