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  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    There’s a school of thought which calls MATCH POINT the best film Woody Allen has ever made. For the first time in his career, the auteur dispensed with any sense of comedy to tell the story of an ex-tennis player who falls into the favor of an aristocratic British family. The film marks Allen’s first collaboration with Scarlett Johansson only two years after her breakout role in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

    Allen uses Match Point to confront a number…

  • Scoop

    Scoop

    ★★★½

    More than any of the other films Allen shot in the United Kingdom, SCOOP is a comedy. Coming fresh off the heels of Match Point, Allen returned to remarkably similar locations and storylines to tell the story of the fictional Tarot Card Killer and the young journalism student who sets out to solve the case.

    Johansson returns in her second collaboration with Allen, not as a sexualized femme fatale, but dressed down and nerded up to fill the role of…

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Larry "Doc" Sportello, Private Eye, is the latest in the lineage of leading men in films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. On the surface, there isn't much to tie Doc to Barry Egan, Eddie Adams, Daniel Plainview or even Freddie Quell, who is also played by the enigmatic Joaquin Phoenix, and the same rule applies to the sprawling, beautiful world's that these lost and alienated characters inhabit. In fact, when describing the plot of Inherent Vice to someone who is…

  • Big Hero 6

    Big Hero 6

    ★★★★

    Disney animation has been on a roll in the last few years. Tangled, Wreck-it-Ralph and Frozen have been huge successes and can be ranked among the studio’s all-time classics. Similarly, Marvel Studios have been conquering the world of blockbusters in a remarkable fashion since the release of Iron Man in 2008. Since Disney’s acquisition of the comic book empire, it’s seemed inevitable that we would see Disney Animation Studios put out a superhero film at some point. Big Hero Six…