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  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In a world of false appearances and groomed images (the internet), it would be so easy to be 'above' Unbreakable due to Shyamalan's more recent output (though I am intrigued by his current mystery project). I am not 'above' this film. I love it.
    This is a comic book movie for people who want smart and adult storytelling with no world destorying machines and demolished cities. Unbreakable is a quiet character study of a man stuck in a rut of…

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  • Queen of the Desert

    Queen of the Desert

    Somewhere there is footage of the making of this film. Herzog and Kidman and Pattinson talking about the nature of man and the desert. I would watch 9 hours of that. But this...is not that. It is not much of anything. Queen of the Desert suffers from the most shameful of cinematic sins: it is boring.

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

    McAvoy is so damn good. Slow clap for him. 

    The movie is fine. But I want more. Maybe more than fine?

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★½

    The achievement of this film deserves 5 stars alone. Using a central cast of actors over 12 years to tell one story, much less a coming of age story, seems doomed to failure. Instead, what occurs succumbs to truth in moments of drama and surpasses melodrama when it could have bathed in it.

    It's not perfect, as few (read: no) films are, but I do believe it perfectly tells the story Richard Linklater intended it to. This doesn't meant I…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★

    Roger Effing Deakins.

    Benicio Del Toro.

    Emily Blunt.

    They're all at the top of their games, shooting and acting the shit out of every scene.

    BUT, I felt like the overall point of the film got muddled to hell by a dinner scene that became too simplistic and eager to prove purpose of narrative.

    5 star cinematography, 5 star acting. But something about that final act just seemed too.....easy.