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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★½

    Waititi's film is a lovely ode to unconventional families. It is packed with the gorgeous vistas of New Zealand and has the quirky humor from that region. It is utterly delightful.
    A troubled young teen is placed with a new foster family near the edge of the Bush. When a tragedy strikes he must set out into the wilderness with his new adoptive uncle and learns what respect and acceptance is truly about. Meanwhile a social worker with an elevated…

  • A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob

    A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob

    ★★

    This light-hearted romp from the early 40's is one of the most toothless romantic comedies I have ever seen. In some ways it was kind of refreshing, but that only lasted for a bit. By the end all the good will in this movie had exhausted my patience.
    A business manager for a large shipping firm, recently engaged, has just hired a vivacious new secretary with whom he falls in love with. The problem is that she is desperately trying…

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    I love David Fincher's work. He has a distinct vision and style that is right up my alley. Some say it is pandering, playing up the obvious tropes; the dark, sickly lighting, the unpleasant look at the so-called normal life. But, man, I love it.
    I have noticed a trend in Fincher's work. A strong release followed by a lesser, but still solid, film. Seven>The Game, Fight Club>Panic Room, Zodiac>Benjamin Button, Social Network>Girl with Dragon Tattoo. Now we are up…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    I was really pleased to see all the great reviews coming in from everywhere about this film. A big Mad Max fan from way back, I was excited but a little nervous about how they would make this work. I have seen too many updates of my past go down in mediocrity. The previews were promising, but still carried the vibe that the movie was going to be amazing or an absolute failure.
    The movie is great! Miller has re-engineered…