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Molly Templeton

Molly Templeton
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30% Total Recall (2012) Total Recall has moments of delicious escapism, but they're snack-sized. As a whole, it's neither entertaining enough nor intelligent enough to leave you with more than a vaguely sci-fi taste in your mouth.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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56% The Bourne Legacy (2012) Gilroy's Bourne has no sense of space or connection, and takes for granted that we remember far too many details from the previous films.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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93% Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Moonrise Kingdom is so charming, so quaintly and perfectly designed, like a pretty diorama in which Wes Anderson carefully places his actor-dolls, that it feels curmudgeonly to dislike it.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) Celeste and Jesse isn't looking to wow you; it's just looking to charm (sweetest breakup comedy ever?).‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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92% The Spectacular Now (2013) Honest, smart and ugly in turns, it's a coming-of-age story on a wonderfully realistic scale, unaffected and perfectly cast.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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98% Blackfish (2013) Blackfish is a powerful reminder of how willfully ignorant - and how selfish - humanity can be.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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95% Enough Said (2013) Bittersweet, smart and oddly comforting, Enough Said is further confirmation that Holofcener is one of the most perceptive writer-directors working today. It's a gem.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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98% Wadjda (2013) Wadjda is a groundbreaking film no matter how you look at it. It's also an exceptional one.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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80% Don Jon (2013) Still, while Don Jon is far from subtle, it's still smart, honest, salaciously funny and, at times, pleasantly surprising. It'll be very interesting to see what that kid from that TV show does next.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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68% How I Live Now (2013) How I Live Now is a drastically different sort of film, though Ronan's performance is one of her best yet.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) It's DeHaan, though, that makes this film. His Carr is constantly on edge, constantly in denial, pushing at everyone around him to create a world, a movement, in which he might finally be comfortable.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) This is how you make a blockbuster.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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95% 12 Years a Slave (2013) 12 Years a Slave is a story that shows, efficiently and clearly, how institutionalized bigotry is a thing that affects everyone, even those who don't want to take part; how it strips out the possibility of kindness and erodes compassion.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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91% Philomena (2013) Bittersweet and smart, Philomena is a character piece that carefully weaves in ugly parts of American and Irish history, a story that's as much about hatred and misused power as it is about faith and forgiveness.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) Director Jalmari Helander melds the Krampus myth perfectly onto that moment of childhood when belief is all the stronger for being challenged by skepticism.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) These are stories we should remember, even when imperfectly told.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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91% Nebraska (2013) There's something deeply cynical in Payne's work, and Nebraska's uneasy balance of bitter and sweet makes it feel like a Willy Vlautin novel with half the heart ripped out. ‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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92% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) For those of us who weren't there, the era seems so perfectly recreated that nothing escapes the film; it's like a short story you fall into for a time, but when you come back out of it, little of the tale stays with you.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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95% Her (2013) If Jonze occasionally misses a beat... and he presses the too-sweet soundtrack on us in every scene - by the end, Her's sympathy is for everyone.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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90% The Great Beauty (2013) It's just a life, full of strangeness and beauty, abounding with some things and lacking others.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) Nymphomaniac isn't as much about female power as the dialogue occasionally suggests; it's more about being misunderstood because of the things you choose (or are compelled) to pursue.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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57% Dom Hemingway (2014) It's almost Deadwood-level macho brilliance, lyrical and delivered with a generous helping of spit.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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84% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) If Jarmush's atmospheric, blood-and-bohemians style is your thing, you might not want to leave.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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89% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Days of Future Past builds to an almost preposterously dramatic finale, but its central theme is rather more human-sized: the hope that people can change.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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83% Belle (2014) Romantic, elegant and triumphant, Belle is as deft an exploration of the intersection of race, class and gender as I've seen on any kind of screen.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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96% We Are the Best! (2014) In the end it's just three girls on a stage, together, and they really are the best.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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90% Obvious Child (2014) Obvious Child is a quiet movie, in a way; no one needs saving, and everyone's going to be ok. But it feels like a big film all the same.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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94% Snowpiercer (2014) The train sets make for stunning, compact, ingenious fight scenes, and one particular action sequence was so unsettling I was cringing in my seat.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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82% Begin Again (2014) Everyone in this movie seems to be a little bit in love, and never more so than when they're recording on a rooftop in the city, going gorgeously against the grain of how things are supposedly supposed to be done.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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97% Boyhood (2014) Watching Mason change over the years is gloriously authentic, but most of the change is external; his character never shifts very far from the small boy who liked to stare out the window all day.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) There's much to like in this movie; it's not brilliant, and the fate of the world is never really in danger, but it's clever and glossy and all the things you'd expect from Marvel's B-team.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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68% God Help the Girl (2014) It's also a much-needed story about a young woman taking her own messy life into her own imperfect hands and making art out of it, warts and all.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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51% The Zero Theorem (2014) Clever and playful and dark, it skips from notion to visual gag and back again so quickly that not all of its thoughts have a chance to gel.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) If nothing else, The Skeleton Twins taught me something I didn't know: I might be willing to watch Bill Hader in anything.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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87% Gone Girl (2014) Film makes the story meta, turning it into the tabloid tale that exists within Flynn's novel. It's grotesque and glorious, smart and shallow. As it ought to be.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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92% Pride (2014) Pride is a lovingly crafted, affecting movie with an undercurrent of steel: Thirty years ago, these twentysomethings figured this out. Why can't we?‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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91% Birdman (2014) If Iñárritu's Biutiful couldn't let up with the ugly horrors of life, this one can't pause to inject some actual humanity into the neuroses of the artist.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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94% Whiplash (2014) If occasionally the movie works too hard to manufacture dramatic points, that's easy enough to forgive in the face of the performances writer-director Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) draws from his stars.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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67% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) Part I is setup; it's the Empire Strikes Back of the Hunger Games series, ending on a note of moderate success, tempered by loss and steeped in grief.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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95% Nightcrawler (2014) Longtime screenwriter and first-time director Dan Gilroy loses some of the resonance when Bloom starts crossing lines, but there's another level of cultural relevance lurking in the characters.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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78% The Theory of Everything (2014) Redmayne and Jones are fantastic, and it's wonderful to see a biopic that includes the woman next to the famous man, but there's no there to their relationship, or their family, which grows with seemingly no parenting effort whatsoever.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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89% Wild (2014) Movies are very rarely better than their books, but this isn't a competitor to the book so much as a companion piece, a way to revisit the story with a new and glorious visual element.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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90% The Imitation Game (2014) This isn't a movie with any ideas about that. It just wants to portray the Turing that beat Enigma, and in that it does a perfectly reasonable job.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) Shot in dreamy, lush black-and-white and full of long silences, it's a story about two loners connecting despite themselves.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) Shadows has a drawn-out sketch feel that renders it more The Real World: Vampires! than This is Spinal Tap, but pop-culture vampires were more than due for a send-up.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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87% Still Alice (2015) That simple question is part of what gives Still Alice a particular resonance and makes its inexorable slide bearable; it's not a movie about a disease, but about a woman coming to terms with the hand she's been given.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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80% Furious 7 (2015) Furious 7 is full of absurd, intricate stunt sequences that are quite gleeful in their lack of bearing on reality.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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84% While We're Young (2015) While We're Young is wickedly on the nose in its depiction of men so self-obsessed they can't see who they really are - or who their friends are.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Age of Ultron goes big - big cast, worldwide destruction, giant robot army - but in the end, it feels like very little happened.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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92% Ex Machina (2015) Ex Machina is full of reflective surfaces; it's a funhouse mirror on our fears and ideas about technology, information.‐ Eugene Weekly (OR)
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