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Top 10 of 2016

Despite a, frankly, awful summer of disappointing blockbusters, 2016 was a year full of movies that got me to a theater, more so than the past three years, and most of those movies were independent movies, far...

Top 10 of 2015

Now that 2015 has officially gone the way of the dinosaur, it’s time to look back on the wealth of movies that graced our screens, both big and small, and bring to light some of the very best that I saw, and...
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Youth Review

A surrealist dream disguised as a hazy memory, mesmerizing as exploration of the beauty in our own mundane desires.   Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth opens with a singer belting out a tune on a sort of...
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Carol Review

Director Todd Haynes transports us into the 1950s in this tale of almost-forbidden love.   Love is a spell about opposites. It’s a feeling that can cause pain, yet a pain we often seek out...
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Macbeth Review

Questionable directing decisions bog down what could be a tremendous, violent, and stunningly beautiful Shakespearian epic.   One of the many, many wonderful things about cinema is the idea that many...
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Room Review

A slow and methodical exploration of love, survival, and a unique mother-son bond.   In a time seemingly chock-full of promising not-quite-yet-established directors, few have the consistent creative...
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Spotlight Review

Powerful performances and a tight script that ask audiences to focus on making change in our society.   In today’s society, almost overwhelmingly saturated with click-bait articles and slideshows of...
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Brooklyn Review

An achingly beautiful love-letter to love itself in the most opportune of times in America.   It seems like a lot of moviegoers this year are still too busy whining about Anne Hathaway’s character...