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*4

ADORE

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

*2

GIRL MOST LIKELY

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

 

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE

A rather ambitious entry in the canon (bobsled chase, anyone?), unintentionally tragicomic.

SPINNING PLATES

Thoughtful, carefully crafted documentary as much about food as family. 

*6

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

A satisfying chapter, even if some of the logic doesn’t hold together. MacAvoy and Fassbender always a pleasure.

*1

ABOUT TIME

Reminiscent of Sliding Doors but less successful.

*2

GOODFELLAS

From which I learned that if you really want to kill a guy, stab first, then shoot. 

*1

CASINO

Excessively excessive, but Sharon Stone is right on the money.

*2

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Not without faults (esp. the casting of Ansel Elgort), but they are entirely made up for by Shailene Woodley’s star.

*3

Thanks, Tumblr! Also, Godzilla.

Shout out to Peiyunchia for cluing me in to the Tumblr Staff Blog promo of Very Short Movie Reviews. I am honored and delighted to be one of your picks of the week!

Also, we seem to have a unanimous call for a review of Godzilla. So I guess I know what I’m doing this weekend.

*15

Well, hello there.

Welcome to the 300+ people who followed Very Short Movie Reviews in the last 24 hours. How did you discover the blog? What movies would you like me to review? What’s your favorite movie of 2014 so far?

*10

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Much better than the first and so pivotal to the Avengers storyline. Fantastical and fun. Plus, Redford!

ALFIE (1966)

A seminal commentary on the swinging ’60s that echoes much of its oft-overlooked predecessor, The Knack… and How to Get It.

*12

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

A darker Wes Anderson vision than we’ve come to expect, but a welcome one. (Willem Dafoe scarier than ever!)

*3

SECONDS

There are no second acts, and in this film certainly no third. The camera is relentless; you’ll squirm until the very bitter end.