Hell or High Water

Overall Rating: 5/5 August 12, 2016 Dir. David Mackenzie Rated R (for some strong violence, language throughout and brief sexuality) I cannot give this film enough praise. Hell or High Water, nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year, is also one of my top films for the year. There’s something inspiring about watching professionals […]

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La La Land

Overall Rating: 5/5 December 9, 2016 Dir. Damien Chazelle Rated PG-13 (for some language) La La Land, which almost accidentally won the Oscar for Best Picture this year, is a visual feast best appreciated for its artistry. Damien Chazelle appears to have had as much fun creating the film as he wanted audiences to have viewing […]

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Lion

Overall Rating: 5/5 November 25, 2016 Dir. Garth Davis PG-13 (for thematic material and some sensuality) I don’t even know where to begin with this review because I was floored by my first viewing of this film. Lion received six Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) but didn’t win any of them, which seemed odd to me. […]

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Fences

Overall Rating: 5/5 December 25, 2016 Dir. Denzel Washington Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references) Fences, receiving four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and a win for Viola Davis as Best Supporting Actress, is one of the best films of the year and deserving of its recognition. Unfortunately, this film kind of […]

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Gleason

 Overall Rating: 5/5 July 29, 2016 Dir. Clay Tweel Rated R (for language) The documentary Gleason offers an extremely intimate and personal exploration of the lives of the Saints’ defensive back, Steve Gleason, and his family after he is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS. Gleason is an immensely powerful film and […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Overall Rating: 5/5 June 24, 2016 Dir. Taika Waititi Rated NR (for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language) Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of those dramas that has true character. It’s tone, a rare species of the dramedy variety, is memorable and rife in every scene. Filmed in the beautiful New Zealand […]

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Loving

Overall Rating 5/5 November 4, 2016 Dir. Jeff Nichols Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements) Selected to compete for the Palme d’Or and receiving an Oscar nod for Best Actress, Loving, is deserving of its critical praise. I think Joel Edgerton deserved a nomination for his leading role as well, seeing as it was hands down one of […]

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