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  • Maps to the Stars

    ★★★

  • Ida

    ★★★★

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    ★★

  • Out of the Furnace

    ★★½

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  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★

    Slight but expansive. Stunning, gimmick-free cinematography. RIYL stark European film a la Tarkovsky, Tarr, and Haneke.

  • Laurence Anyways

    Laurence Anyways

    ★★★½

    the way Dolan creates little moments of tension is remarkable. consummate storytelling.

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  • Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth

    Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth

    ★★★★

    Artfully executed doc about one of the true giants of modern music. A must-see for anyone interested in Roxy, Eno, or the nexus of experimental music and rock n' roll.

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    Overlong, overstuffed, and oversprayed. Not that it was bad -- the story was compelling, the performances adequate -- but it never felt like anything was at stake.

    It was like light Scorsese; Goodfellas or Casino without the pathos but with the period clothes.