• Moneyball

    Moneyball

    ★★★★

    Moneyball is an incredibly charming and well-written movie. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are great in their roles, and have a fantastic chemistry on screen. I also loved the cinematography and editing, it gave the film a sense of urgency without being overbearing.

  • Martha Marcy May Marlene

    Martha Marcy May Marlene

    ★★★★

    This move is an absolute trip. It does an amazing job of building up a sense of overwhelming paranoia and dread, it's almost too much to take at times. I loved the absolute stillness of some of the scenes, and the cinematography was wonderful. Elizabeth Olsen and Sarah Paulson played incredibly well off of each other. Olsen is a breath of fresh air, and I imagine we'll be seeing much more of her in the future.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★½

    While I think that the technical execution of this film is stellar (as is usual with a Fincher flick), I find the source material itself to be lacking. I'd already seen the Swedish version, and found my attention drifting as the movie went on. Rooney Mara is absolutely magical in this role, and really captivates when she's on screen. She does a great job with a great character, I just wish the story could be the same.

  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★★★½

    Martin Scorsese's love letter to film. Absolutely one of the most gorgeous films I've ever seen, and you can feel Scorsese's devotion to the story.

  • Arthur

    Arthur

    ★★★½

    I really enjoyed this film, though I'm quite biased when it comes to Russell Brand. I liked the ridiculousness of it. Brand and Mirren have a really natural and interesting chemistry on screen together.

  • The American

    The American

    ★★★½

    I quite enjoyed how quiet and slow-moving the film is, it helps to give the underlying violence more impact. George Clooney always nice to watch on screen, though I don't know how I feel about him playing this type of character, I think he's better in lighter fare.

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Requiem for a Dream

    ★★★★

    This is one of the most technically well-done films I've ever watched. The editing, cinematography and camera work are superb, and just add to the building sense of dread and hopelessness. I don't know that I'll ever watch this film again, but I'm glad I watched it at least once.

  • Unstoppable

    Unstoppable

    ★★★½

    Tony Scott was an absolute master of action. This movie is unexpectedly intense, with great editing and sound design.

  • Female

    Female

    ★½

    As a film nerd, I really enjoyed this. It's fun, it's got some good humor, good performances, and is just a great example of early Hollywood film.

    As a feminist, I HATE it.

  • Three on a Match

    Three on a Match

    ★★½

    A fun little movie about how smoking kills.

    Just kidding. I'm actually not sure what this movie was trying to say about superstitions or fate or luck, but ultimately it doesn't matter. This is a fun little romp about the consequences of immorality and bad-mothering.

  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Witness for the Prosecution

    ★★★★

    This is one of the finest examples of courtroom drama. Agatha Christie was a masterful storyteller, and the story absolutely comes alive in Wilder's more than capable hands. Laughton and Dietrich stole the show with just the right amount of theatricality. I especially loved the moments between real life husband and wife Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester. They really seemed to be having a wonderful time on screen together, and that's always fun to watch.

  • Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    ★★★½

    I've not read the novel, so I can't say whether or not this is a good adaptation, but I thought it was a good film. The story felt rushed and I'm sure they left quite a bit out, but you still got the meat of the story, though character development left a little to be desired. Not Welles' best turn on the screen, but he still has a very captivating presence.