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  • Lucky

    Lucky

    ★★½

    Didn't expand on any of the interesting themes upon which it touched. Some nice shots and a decent lead performance, but overall a bit half-baked.

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This felt like it could have been another hour long. I thought the psychological effects on the main character were only superficially dealt with in a couple of moments; the effect on supporting characters was expressed much more strongly. The widespread cruelty of the brain-washing cult leader arguably could have been explored more and the whole thing lacked an effective climax... The ultimate, understated act of rebellion fell a little flat.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★

    A real grower. The first 30 minutes or so, I thought the film was forced and trying too hard to set itself in a period of time, with lots of pop culture references, gameboys and old iMacs. But as the years passed, the film settled into a much smoother rhythm and allowed the development of a couple of good storylines, which weren't all predictable. The performances of the cast also grew much stronger as the film progressed.

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★

    Another wonderful, understated Japanese film that just tells a nice story. No gimmicks, a few plot holes, but overall it's a great character-driven film.