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  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★

    Regarding the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, director Steven Spielberg once remarked that "I made the mistake of topping myself with the first scene... and the film never recovered." While that may be a harsh criticism of one of the greatest adventure films ever committed to film, one would be hard pressed to find a viewer who disagrees with the spectacle and wonder of that opening scene. A similar argument can be made for Nicholas Winding Refn's…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★★½

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

    Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's fourth collaboration, Shutter Island, was met with mixed response upon its release in February 2010. Some critics hailed the film as an "instant classic," while others disregarded Scorsese's exploits into psychological thrillers as a mere exercise in genre clichés. Shutter Island may be doomed to become a footnote in Scorsese's remarkable canon, but I personally believe that Shutter Island is vastly underrated and, despite its flaws, provides ample support to Scorsese's genius as a filmmaker.…

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★★

    David Fincher, the acclaimed director of such modern classics as Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac, delivered what may be the crowning achievement of his career with The Social Network. Do not be fooled - this is not a simple movie about status updates, friend requests, or the "like" button. The Social Network is instead more concerned with telling the complex and muddled story of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg, a man who alienates himself in his relentless pursuit for popularity and…