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  • Beginners

    Beginners

    ★★★½

    The film Beginners is one that could be criticized for being pretentious or cutesey in its characterizations, story tropes, and editing style. It is not a mainstream comedy by any means, but it does have that indie-dramedy vibe, which may not be all that apparent when judging it by its cover (poster). Some might say that voice-over montages are a no-no, but I thought that the ones in this film by the artist Oliver played by Ewan McGregor were some…

  • War Room

    War Room

    ★★½

    Although very weakly put together, this film had a strongly conveyed message of the power of prayer. Don't expect much subtlety in the dialogue or the score. I think it is still worth checking out to see some powerful individual scenes. It also has a bit of good humor, as well as some cheesy attempts to go along with it.

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  • Biutiful

    Biutiful

    ★★★★★

    Week 2 of the 2nd Letterboxd Film Festival.

    After this second viewing, Biutiful will remain atop my top films of 2010. I actually a little hesitant to watch it because lately some films with longer run times have seemed tedious to me. Well, once I got a few scenes into Biutiful I was hooked again. I wasn't just going to watch half and then the other half the next night. The two and a half hours flew by. Something about…

  • The Imposter

    The Imposter

    ★★★★★

    The Imposter is such an incredible documentary as it has the following key elements: a compelling real life story, well-acted and stylized reinactments to bring the interviews to life, and delicately crafted editing, sound design, and cinematography. The title character in this story of a con-man who takes the identity of missing children is presented not as an antagonist, but as a character on equal footing with the others who are interviewed - the family members of missing Nicholas, and…