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  • The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle

    ★★★

    I sure hope (even though I basically know it's not the case) the youngest sister also wrote a memoir of sorts. She gets kind of thrown under the bus by her siblings and the film. It's vaguely addressed yet never fully worked out.

    As we learned in "Set it up": You like because, you love despite. That's especially true for families. More serious and at times more uncomfortable than the obvious companion "Captain Fantastic," but this memoir adaptation suffers from…

  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire

    ★★★★

    "Wings of Desire" is wonderful and at times near spectacular as a visual poem, as a plotless "study" of humanity and how the banality of life can be a precious thing. But whenever Wim Wenders and co-writer Peter Handke add spoken words to images, let their angels talk about what they found and *how* they found it, the film loses something - at least it loses me a bit.

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  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon

    ★★★

    So, the angle to tell this story is way off. I can understand why one would like to (more or less) de-politicize history and tell a human story, but one shouldn't. The first big movie concerned with the Deepwater Horizon incident should've been more like "Silkwood" or at the very least like "Erin Brockvich".

    With that said ... damn, Peter Berg. How he gets there is both by-the-numbers and a bit boring but once things go haywire Berg cranks up the tension and serves up some unmissable set-pieces.

  • Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    ★★★★

    Sarah Paulson needs to be in everything. Well, maybe not everything. I don't need to see her in a Transformers movie. Or even a Marvel movie. I may be okay with her making some super-quick dollars, Glenn Close style, and then continue with films like this one or TV-show like the O.J. thing I still haven't seen. The thing is: more Sarah Paulson.

    The talk about two actors' so-called chemistry is silly more often than not. But Paulson and Mark…