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  • Labyrinth

    Labyrinth

    ★★★★

    When people talk about symbols and the unconscious in relation to movies, my brain usually automatically files these under "not intended by the director/creators." But it's not always so black and white, and I want to unlearn this gut reaction.

    Example: Author Amy Gentry talked before this particular screening about how the "helping hands" scene reflects the coming-of-age of a young girl and those real life characters around her, groping and manipulating her like a puppet. (Amy Gentry also acknowledged…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7

    ★★★

    Fun, but gets a little Robert Rodriguez-ish, especially in the final action scene. And a depressing increase in CGI, especially in the final action scene. Compare to Justin Lin's Fast and Furious 6, which was over the top but you never got the sense it was winking at you. Again, it was fun, but it never reaches the exitement and audaciousness (and restrained CGI) of that plane scene at the end of Fast and Furious 6.