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Christopher has written 177 reviews for films during 2015.

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    ★★

    A film with great performances and a wonderful final scene that unfortunately doesn't have the requisite scenes before to warrant its ending. PHOENIX may be a riff on VERTIGO, but unlike VERTIGO, the emotional logic of the film is threadbare at best, the dramatic stakes often unclear, and the suspension of disbelief required of the audience too unwieldy to hold up under much scrutiny.

  • Youth

    Youth

    ★★★★½

    A film with poetic insight, stuffed with ideas, and only occasionally weighted down by a proclivity for over-explication. YOUTH is a dynamic dream with a fantastic cast and elegiac tone.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★★½

    Funny, frenetic, and full of feeling, TANGERINE has an electric energy and ultimately wholesome heart.

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★★★

    JOY is disjointed, full of questionable (or nonexistent) narrative logic, overly long, and often without discernible dramatic stakes. Such is the power of the moving image coordinated with the right music that it is also implausibly (yet intermittently) moving, shimmering with an intense beauty (skin-deep though it may be), and full of the stuff of dreams (even if not from dreams one wishes to stay inside of forever).

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    A nice Christmas film about the importance of family.

  • Dope

    Dope

    ★★★★

    Vibrant and funny with a great soundtrack to boot, DOPE is the kind of film that both captures what it can feel like to be a teenager and a film I suspect will be immensely appealing to a certain kind of teenager in the generations to follow.

  • RED

    RED

    Conventionally constructed, well-paced, and fun.

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★½

    A perfect companion for Thanksgiving and an ideal mix of Wes Anderson's idiosyncratic mix of humor and pathos.

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    Filmmaking that's often enthralling; a narrative that's bleak beyond hopelessness.

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour

    Loneliness in the Information Age.

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck

    ★★★

    Funny and charming, even if not superlatively so. However, it does bode well for the continued ascent of Amy Schumer and is nice to see Apatow do what he does well: a non-intrusive visual style and good work with his cast, particularly in small and supporting parts.

  • The Inbetweeners 2

    The Inbetweeners 2

    ★★½

    Could do with a lot less of the gross-out humor, and like the first film, the story feels like an afterthought at best. But, like the television program, the bond between its four main characters (a bond built on cosmic, existential loserdom) can be good fun to watch.