Category Archives: Drama

Sicario Review (2015)

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Sicario is far from being just another crime film. The movie delivers thrills with devastating precision, but it’s not satisfied with just being entertaining. It’s thought-provoking and evocative to an extent I haven’t seen from a film of this nature in quite awhile. Two straight hours of dread-filled anxiety later, I can safely say Sicario is one of the year’s very best. Continue reading

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Birdman Review (2014)

 

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Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu is not known for subtlety when it comes to the message of his films, but they at least have a singular vision. With his latest film Birdman, however, it seems to have a lot of things to say but can’t decide what it wants to be. It’s a satire, a black comedy, a postmodern drama, and an artistic crisis piece all wrapped together into an ambitious, yet flawed, final product. Continue reading

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Nightcrawler Review (2014)

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Jake Gyllenhaal is having one hell of a year. First it was his dual role in Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy (my current front-runner for film of the year), and now he strikes gold for the second time in the remarkable Nightcrawler. It’s an edge-of-your-seat, fascinating exploration of morality in a society that rewards go-getters without questioning what they had to do to get to the top. Continue reading

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Boyhood Review (2014)

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I could tell you Boyhood chronicles the adolescence of a boy growing up in a middle-class family in Texas, and I would be underselling it.  I could say it was filmed a few weeks out of the year over the course of 12 years with the same principal cast, and you might be impressed.  I could make all sorts of DVD cover-worthy claims, like, “the most ambitious narrative film ever made,” or, “quite possibly the best movie I’ve ever seen,” and I wouldn’t be exaggerating.  But no amount of praise I could bestow on Richard Linklater’s latest masterpiece can truly express what it’s like to watch it.  Boyhood is so much more than a film.  It’s a transcendent experience.

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The Best Movies on Netflix Instant: 2014 Edition

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Countless new titles come and go every month in Netflix’s massive on-demand library of movies and television shows. Due to the in-depth recommendation algorithm, it can be hard to find movies that don’t automatically populate in your queues. Because of this, there are hundreds of fantastic titles that fly under the radar. That’s where I come in. Here are some of the best films you can find on Netflix Instant right now that you may not already be familiar with.

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The Best Movies of 2013

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Another year, another best-of list. Let me start by saying that 2013 was a truly remarkable year for movies. The films released in the past year are of such an astonishing caliber that making this list proved extremely difficult. Here’s an example to illustrate my point: Jeff Nichols’ film Mud. A fantastic film, one that probably would have been been in my top 5 if it saw a wide release the previous year. Instead, it doesn’t even crack my top 10. That’s a testament to the level of quality we saw this year. Now that I’ve set the stage, here are my definitive best films of 2013. Continue reading

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