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  • Chicken Little

    Chicken Little

    ★★

    37

    Nostalgia watch for me, but good god this does not hold up. A weird 'boy who cried wolf' story that really has no concept of its own. It exists in that weird mid-2000s space where Disney was trying to compete with Dreamworks, and it also seems to be an extended riff on M. Night Shyamalan's Signs?!? Before the tipping point of Monsters and Aliens, this was the low point of strange small-town nostalgia mixed with sarcastic humor and a…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    97

    "The cycle of Inside Llewyn Davis is rooted in failure. Set in Greenwich Village in 1961, with the bubbling folk scene rising up, the film is a personal odyssey that rarely considers larger context except when it pertains to Llewyn, our classic Coen Brothers protagonist. The sight of Bob Dylan near the end of the journey (or the beginning?), performing at the Gaslight Café as a mirage, is a fleeting glimpse of what could’ve been for our failed singer.…

  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★½

    65

    Ethan Hawke reacts to creepy super 8 footage and strange noises. All it takes for an effective horror film. Killer soundtrack, and genuinely disturbing.

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★

    75

    It's hard for me to criticize this as it's just as much of a therapeutic session for the viewer as it is for the performers, but I don't think the 'Lucas Hedges' portions work, and it's holding me back from immense praise. It felt underwritten, broad when the young Otis scenes were so specific, and it paled in comparison to the bulk of the story with Noah Jupe and Shia LaBeouf. Still, it culminates quite nicely with a stunning,…

  • Amélie

    Amélie

    ★★★

    58

    First re-watch in over seven years - doesn't necessarily hold up as well as I thought, but I'm not sure if I ever held it in high esteem. The first act is legitimately perfect - I wouldn't change a moment. It so successfully introduces the viewer to its world and curiosity, its idiosyncratic ensemble and luscious colors. I particularly love the CG elements, often painterly and bizarre, fitting the look like a glove. But it's full steam ahead from…

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    92

    "Wasn't no harm in him. You'd give him a flower, he'd keep it forever."

    Paradise lost.

  • The Wedding Banquet

    The Wedding Banquet

    ★★★½

    65

    Takes a standard premise and livens it up with charming specificity and a delicate tone. A really sturdy early Ang Lee work.

  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★★★

    *Was a 56, now a 71*

    4K 60 FPS

    In watching Gemini Man in a closer approximation to its intended 120fps version, it all makes sense. The vivid richness of its unreality, a clear window to often faulty clones and illusions, cover-ups and melodramatic revelations, is so impactful. Ang Lee's undercurrent of masculine trauma transitions seamlessly into a depiction of motion so evocative that anything less than truly real collapses into the uncanny. I was taken aback by quite a…

  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    ★★★½

    70

    A stellar first-act of tradition and process in the lives of father/son coroners soon transforms into a spooky chamber-horror. Quite understated and beautiful performances by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch.

  • Best in Show

    Best in Show

    ★★★★½

    85

    "Now tell me, which one of these dogs would you want to have as your wide receiver on your football team?"

  • Grave Encounters

    Grave Encounters

    ★★★

    53

    Not bad, but mostly boring. Seems so close to being truly interactive that I wish it was a horror game like Outlast instead.

  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

    ★★★★★

    100

    I'll never forget the day I saw a ghost. Or at least I thought I did. My family decided to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park, exploring the canyons and wildlife and hot springs. I was 11 at the time. My mom was eager to stay at the Old Faithful Inn, right near the titular geyser. The design of the Inn is stately, a national historic landmark, and I became excited when my dad told ghost stories about…