Thursday, January 29, 2015

On "The Imitation Game"


From The Dispatch:
Tyldum attempts to frame the film as some sort of mystery, intercutting the World War II story with the later investigation into Turing's sexuality. It's all very tastefully done, but it's too tasteful, glossing over Turing's suicide (by poison apple, no less) and his inner struggles in an attempt to make the film an inspiring "overcoming adversity" biopic.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

On "Paddington"


From The Dispatch:
It's an endlessly charming film that truly has something for everyone. There is a kind of timeless quality to it, with a delightfully childlike view of the world that doesn't mistake innocence for childishness. This is a warm and wonderful film, a disarmingly moving evocation of childhood fears and dreams brought to life with a winning sense of kindness and good humor. 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On "American Sniper"


From The Dispatch:
With his trademark minimalism and steely simplicity, Eastwood guides “American Sniper” with a sure and steady hand. Here is one American icon paying tribute to another, a symbol of masculinity exploring the essence of what it means to be a man. It’s truly extraordinary stuff.
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Friday, January 09, 2015

On "Wild"


From The Dispatch:
There are times when it loses its way. There are some moments of rocky dialogue as the film plays shorthand with the dissolution of her previous relationship. But there is something agreeably shaggy and organic about this tale of self-discovery and personal redemption. VallĂ©e mostly avoids the typical pitfalls of this kind of film, skirting around moments of maudlin discoveries, and with the help of Witherspoon’s deft performance, gives us something that feels emotionally honest and well worn.
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