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THE LAST DAYS ON MARS

Zombies in space!

*2

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

A remarkable display of cruelty & self-interest, with piercing performances and diabolical dialogue. Classic noir.

PARANOIA

Formulaic. (But fun to try to ID all the Philly filming locations.)

*2

ALL IS LOST

A bit slow, but ultimately mesmerizing due to Redford’s performance, as well as very fine technical elements.

*4

BOYHOOD

Boy oh boy. Groundbreaking in the most unassuming way and real to the hilt. Ars longa, vita brevis.

*1

THANKS FOR SHARING

Thanks for making a movie that doesn’t oversimplify addiction.

DREAMS OF A LIFE

A fascinating and heartbreaking story, but the documentary lacks coherence.

*2

THE LUNCHBOX

Subtle flavor that both satisfies and leaves you wanting more at the same time.

*1

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

The production elements (esp. cinematography and set decoration) shine brightest. Otherwise, lacks magic.

*1

HOW I LIVE NOW

A chilling vision of the near-future carried by another fine performance from Saoirse Ronan.

*6

JACK REACHER

See Jack reach for a better movie. Reach, Jack, reach!

BREAKDOWN

If cinematic karma exists, this must be Kurt Russell’s punishment for making Death Proof.

*2

I GIVE IT A YEAR

I give it a B+.

*6

ADORE

Breathtakingly complex, sensitive, honest, and painful. Surely one of the best films of the year.

*3

GIRL MOST LIKELY

Great cast, meh script, but sort of charming in spite of itself.