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  • The Grifters

    The Grifters

    ★★

    The Grifters was marketed with the tagline "Seduction, Betrayal, Murder. Who's Conning Who?" Well, it turns out the only people here getting conned is the audience. And maybe the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who awarded this film with 4(!) Oscar nominations. The film's plot focuses on 3 key characters. Roy, a young hotshot con artist. His mother Lily, a professional grifter working for a bookmaker. And Roy's girlfriend, Myra, a professional con artist in…

  • Mother!

    Mother!

    ★★½

    After back to back successes in 2008 and 2010 with The Wrestler and Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky apparently discovered the bible and since then, well, pretty much all hell has broken loose. My advice to Darren Aronofsky is to put the bible down and take a step back for a sec before he unleashes Life of Brian 2 on us all in a couple years with Jared Leto in the lead role or something. It seems for now as though…

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  • District 9

    District 9

    ★★★★

    It may be a little known fact but we truly live in an era where brilliant, original science fiction films are being produced year in and year out. At no other time since the 1980's has there ever been an influx of quality science fiction produced as there has been in the last 5 or 6 years or so in Hollywood. Case in point would be District 9. District 9 is co-written and directed by South African director Neil Blomkamp…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    For all intents and purposes this film should've been called Star Wars: History Repeats Itself. The reason being is that the plot to The Force Awakens offers more then just a passing resemblance to A New Hope, so much so that I damn near check marked the "I've seen this film before" option even though I hadn't. It seems that in his never-ending quest to please the rabid Star Wars fan base, director J.J. Abrams felt the need to adhere…