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  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★½

    "As the screen faded to black I can’t say I fully understood all of what Gan’s visually rambunctious drama of memory, regret and intimacy was trying to tell me. I also will not claim that the unhurried pace didn’t almost put me to sleep on more than one occasion. Be all of that as it may Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a piece of cinematic poetry where every syllable, every beat, has wormed its way into my soul and…

  • The Wind

    The Wind

    ★★★★

    "I am haunted by this movie. Sutherland’s script is ephemeral and doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining what is going on. Yet its emphasis on Lizzy’s transformation, how it centers her in the story and refuses to pass judgment on any of her actions, all of this works in ways that are difficult to describe. The subtlety of this one woman’s journey into the unknown is striking in its ruggedly forthright resolve, her complexity as a protagonist slowly coming…

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  • Penguins

    Penguins

    ★★★

    "The thirteenth entry in Disney’s foray into nature documentary filmmaking released under the Disneynature banner, Penguins is arguably the cutesiest, most kid-friendly and relatively informationally thin of all of the films the company has produced up to this point. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson turn their attention to the Adélie penguin living in the icy confines of the Antarctic. It’s as easy to watch as any of the entries in the series, and little kids are almost certainly going…

  • Out of Blue

    Out of Blue

    ★★½

    "Adapted from Martin Amis’ best-selling novel by director Carol Morley (The Falling), the mystery-thriller Out of Blue is relentlessly frustrating. Featuring a strong, undeniably dynamic performance from esteemed, Oscar-nominated character actress Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April), magnificently shot with moody, gorgeously unbalanced precision by veteran cinematographer Conrad W. Hall (Panic Room), the movie is so visually arresting and so magnetically acted watching it is hardly a chore. But Morely’s script is so purposefully disjoined and indistinct becoming emotionally involved as…

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  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton

    ★★★★

    "The genius of the film, a labor of love for all involved and a passion project for Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s wife Tomica Woods-Wright for over a decade, is that I don’t have to relate, I just have to understand. Gray, along with screenwriters Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center), plop the viewer into the center of things, ask us to listen to what it is these masterful musicians and lyricists are saying, to stop focusing…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    "But the main reason the film works as well as it does is that Edwards and his crew treat the material like they’re making a hard-hitting WWII epic in the vein of Battleground or Attack, only also one mixed with the likes of The Dirty Dozen, The Big Red One and Where Eagles Dare, a healthy dose of Platoon and The Thin Red Line thrown in for good measure. This is a gritty film, one where the stakes for these…