Movies

Recently added or updated. (Note: I’m still getting caught up from the 2016 end-of-year awards screening flurry; those entries’ll be fleshed out in due time.)

Thor: The Dark World

Posted in Movies | 06/04/2014
Thor: The Dark World

Needed more Loki, but perhaps that’s just me.

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Fill the Void

Posted in Movies | 06/03/2014
Fill the Void

Heartfelt and well-acted, but some narrative elements just didn’t add up.

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Hannah Takes the Stairs

Posted in Movies | 05/31/2014
Hannah Takes the Stairs

Hated it so much I don’t even want to talk about it.

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Maleficent

Posted in Movies | 05/30/2014 • Updated Mar 2015
Maleficent

One script revision away from perfection.

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At Any Price

Posted in Movies | 05/24/2014 • Updated Mar 2015
At Any Price

Great pairing with Crimes and Misdemeanors.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Posted in Movies | 05/23/2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Well-crafted, with wildly exciting action sequences.

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Only Lovers Left Alive

Posted in Movies | 05/17/2014
Only Lovers Left Alive

Best endorphin rush since Take Shelter and seeing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Inception on the same day.

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Million Dollar Arm

Posted in Movies | 05/17/2014
Million Dollar Arm

The delightful love child of Jerry Maguire and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

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Belle

Posted in Movies | 05/16/2014
Belle

Exquisite in every way, and it’s time composer Rachel Portman gets some love.

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Fed Up

Posted in Movies | 05/16/2014
Fed Up

It’s time to become “sufficiently alert.” That is all.

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Godzilla (2014)

Posted in Movies | 05/16/2014
Godzilla (2014)

If you’re a Godzilla fan, you’re in great shape here. Otherwise…

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Locke

Posted in Movies | 05/09/2014
Locke

Original, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and a stellar piece of filmmaking.

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Blue Ruin

Posted in Movies | 05/02/2014
Blue Ruin

A superb filmmaking effort in the tradition of Headhunters.

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Dirty Pretty Things

Posted in Movies | 05/02/2014
Dirty Pretty Things

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Posted in Movies | 05/02/2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man’s just never been my thing, but those visual effects on the big screen more than compensated.

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The Railway Man

Posted in Movies | 04/26/2014 • Updated Dec 2014
The Railway Man

Grueling, brilliant, beautiful, and another entry in cinema’s recent effort to begin mending and making peace with the brutality of our history.

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Hateship Loveship

Posted in Movies | 04/25/2014
Hateship Loveship

A real shame; it thinks it’s The Parent Trap, but it’s really Carrie: The Fairy Tale, and squanders an acclaimed cast.

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Heaven is for Real

Posted in Movies | 04/18/2014
Heaven is for Real

Questions of truth and discussing them with Thomas Haden Church.

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Draft Day

Posted in Movies | 04/12/2014
Draft Day

I’m not a football fan yet smiling days later, and the Cleveland fan next to me was on the edge of her seat.

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Joe

Posted in Movies | 04/11/2014
Joe

Gran Torino meets Winter’s Bone, a beautifully drawn portrait of life within Life’s tooth and claw.

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