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  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★★½

    The wonderful thing about "Tully" is simply how tangible it feels, how it really feels like it's a window into a pregnant mother's average day. Yes, it's funny, but in a very understated way... and the characters are not all the same kind of funny as often happens in films with humorous wit. Marlo is a bit dark and off-the-beaten-track enough that those who don't share her way of thinking don't quite know what to make of her, sometimes reading…

  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker

    ★★★★½

    After sitting through "The Hurt Locker," i had to look up the term because I don't recall the phrase ever being used in the film itself... although apparently it has a lot of prior resonation in the field of sports. And really, it makes sense now... the film is really about the different ways in which soldiers cope with trauma and fear.

    Being part of a bomb extraction unit in a war zone (here, Iraq) is one of those tenuous…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness

    ★★★★

    ... and yet another jump in Raimi's comedy-horror. Army of Darkness actually has a script and a plot, even if it's rather uncomplicated -- get the book, stop the army, get sent back to one's own time. Maybe the best way to summarize it is to say Army of Darkness actually has a story versus a handful of funny incidents, and all the actions and humor is in service to the story. Raimi also improves on his ability to pace…