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  • Scandal

    Scandal

    ★★★

    I found Scandal to be a decent but disappointing early Kurosawa effort that could have been a lot better had it balanced its cast of characters and cut some overly lengthy scenes and character interactions. Had it introduced Shimura's character earlier and made his transformation and turmoil more engaging and affective, this could have been an extremely compelling courtroom drama. It starts strong, but than quickly peters out and stumbles around until a rousing conclusion. A re-edit possibly could have strengthened it.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★½

    First time watching the Director's Cut. Superior to theatrical.

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  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★★

    One of Studio Ghibli's finest non-Miyazaki films. The character arc is wonderful, as well as the accompanying mystery and twist ending that honestly rivals what most live action films conjure up. Ghibli's animation is better than ever, with character movement and surrounding details popping brighter than ever. The score is also masterful, arguably one of the year's finest. This was released in the united states in 2015, so it will most likely go down as my favorite animated film of the year next to Inside Out and Shawn the Sheep.

  • Den of Thieves

    Den of Thieves

    ★★★★½

    Den of Thieves is a return to form for Gerard Butler and easily the best movie 50 Cent will ever be involved with. It's a simple and elongated crime epic that isn't afraid to build up tension and hold back the action until absolutely necessary. Heat comparisons are unavoidable, but it does enough to differentiate itself. Unfortunately, the last five minutes of the movie throws on a twist that comes straight out of a Fast and Furious movie instead of…