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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Rushmore
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  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★½

  • Station Eleven

    ★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

  • The Big Short

    ★★★★½

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★½

    I liked watching the Joaquin Phoenix character get in touch with his emotions and develop into a fuller human through taking care of his odd little nephew. And, despite Paul Simon’s line about everything looking worse in black and white, the Lower East Side and Santa Monica beach and New Orleans have never looked better. But I could have done with fewer interviews with random kids about the future, and I’m not sure I needed the backstory / parallel plot about the odd little nephew’s dad at all.

  • Station Eleven

    Station Eleven

    ★½

    Jeevan and Frank are on screen about about 30% of the time, which explains the one-and-a-half stars. They made me feel real emotions—fear, loss, love, exasperation, anger, comic release. I’m giving all other episodes a zero. This is the first movie or tv show or miniseries where the actor playing the 8-year-old version of a character is better than the adult actor. And I was utterly distracted by the cobweb-free interiors at houses and airports and big box stores months…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    Whoa, it’s going to take a few days for my shoulders to relax. So intense and so well done. Makes me realize the high school soccer coach who pitched his key ring at us was just trying to bring out our talent, and he could have been so much worse. But not sure what message I’m supposed to get—was it too much or exactly just enough?

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★½

    If I turned off the subtitles and just watched without understanding a word, I still would have loved this movie. In one scene the female lead (Ebba) rides a chairlift, still as a statue. It could be a photograph except that empty chairs on the downward cable punch into and out of the frame every second or so, racing down the mountain. In several scenes Ebba and her husband Tomas brush their teeth together in a hotel bathroom and somehow…