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  • The Walk

    The Walk

    ★★½

    I'm sure it's extra spectacular in 3D and on a screen in New York City, but seeing The Walk in 2D on a comparatively small cinema screen makes it that much harder to forget the cheesy, overzealous, and gauche buildup to the 20-30 minutes of unquestionably dazzling (and dizzying) tightrope theatrics.

    Much welcomed comic relief comes from Petit's "accomplices" once he gets to New York, but thanks to JGL's ennunciated French accent, his effortless knack of blurring lines between showing-off…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★½

    One of the best biopics ever made, with a Philip Glass score to die for.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★

    After his “Death” trilogy (“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel“) Alejandro González Iñárritu took an even more depressing route. Instead of swallowing the proverbial chill pill by directing something lighter, looser, something with a sliver of optimistic verve in its veins, he went ahead and made the ultimate downer of his filmography: “Biutiful.” Nothing against the film itself (it personally moved me to no end, and I believe it contains the best performance Javier Bardem has ever delivered), but it’s bleak…

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★

    "Selma is now" Common said in his Golden Globe speech, after accepting the award for Best Original Song. It was an empowering speech, clearly practised, but effective all the same. He'll probably say something similar when he accepts the Academy Award for Best Original Song on February 22nd.

    And "Selma," the movie, is now. By all accounts of people who are much more in-the-know than I am when it comes to Civil Rights history, the real story of Selma is…