Travis Lytle

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Favorite films

  • Star Wars
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Braveheart

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  • Next Goal Wins

    ★★★★

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

    ★★½

  • The Flash

    ★★★

  • Now You See It...

    ★★★

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  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★★★

    Sneakily becoming, perhaps, the year's best film as it crunches through its running time, Alexander Payne's "The Holdovers" is a triumph of barbed-yet-sensitive writing, vision-rich direction, and stand-out performances. It is a soulful winter's treat that deftly balances seasonal chill with colored-light warmth.

    Starring a mind-bogglingly great Paul Giamatti, Payne's cantankerous comedy finds a prep school teacher lording over a group of boys and employees left stranded at the institution over the holidays. As the group dwindles, Giamatti's Paul Hunham,…

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  • Next Goal Wins

    Next Goal Wins

    ★★★★

    Happily featuring the impishly hilarious personality of its cowriter and director, Taika Waititi's "Next Goal Wins" is a sure-footed and magnetic sports-comedy gem. The based-on-mostly-real-events story follows a put-upon soccer coach, sequestered in American Samoa with the world's worst team, as he tries to coax some goals out of the motley crew. Narratively, the small-scale work moves through the expected beats of the sports movie with ease; and Waititi's light touch coupled with a focus on local color, character, and heart make the film stand out. True to its source material, the buoyant, completely enjoyable comedy makes an inspiring statement and effortlessly satisfies.

  • The Hitman's Bodyguard

    The Hitman's Bodyguard

    ★★½

    Surprisingly uninviting despite the action and personality present, "The Hitman's Bodyguard" lands as something forgettable. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds as the title characters, the action film's plot sees the two joining up in service of international intrigue. That intrigue is perfunctory, however; and no amount of gunplay or sass can make the experience, mixing comedy and violence, drag less than it does. The results are both watchable and bland.

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★

    The success of Robert Wiene's "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" is celebrated in every film made since 1920 that has borrowed the film's look, style, or tone. From Murnau's "Nosferatu" and the American noir of the 1940s, to contemporary horror films and every piece of work where Tim Burton asks Johnny Depp to dab black around the actor's eyes, the influence of Wiene's film can be felt. While the film itself may be limited by its era, contemporary audience need…