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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    😍

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★★

    Stunning and heartbreaking. Hardly feels like filmmaking, it's so urgent, yet every effect is achieved through surehanded use of the basic tools of cinema. A masterpiece.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    From the moment Finn is visually marked in the opening battle, I knew I was in good hands. Then Poe mouths off to his captors, and it was on. Abrams and Kasdan get it, and not just in some shallow fan-service way -- there's an assured use of the cinematic medium here, to tell a story that both adheres to Lucas's genre grammar and expands it.

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    ★★★½

    Gibney may be in the business of superfluous illustrations of non-fiction, but man, when you've got footage like this for illustration, it makes a hell of an impact.

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★½

    "All of them. All your guns."

  • Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars

    ★★★

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

    Poor Piz. #TeamLogan. MURDEROUS MARTIN STARR NO!

  • Blackfish

    Blackfish

    ★★★½

    It's got the goods (video of park conditions and attacks on trainers), which is the most important thing in a movie like this, but it's held back from greatness by the decision to make only the slightest stab at allowing an opposing view to be heard.

  • Frozen

    Frozen

    ★★★½

    Worthy successor to TANGLED; stunning, inventive animation in the songs. Loved the exuberant playfulness of the short "Get A Horse!"

  • Luck by Chance

    Luck by Chance

    ★★★½

    Woo, "Baawre"!

  • Lockout

    Lockout

    ★★★★

    Cuts right to the chase with super quippy Guy Pearce. Awesome genre work by the writers.

  • Premium Rush

    Premium Rush

    ★★★★★

    Runnin' reds & killin' peds.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly provincial in its plot obsessiveness. Politics transcend easy dichotomy: "The people" can be force either for destruction or good, we see them being both.