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War Dogs
War Dogs (2016)
14 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Sharing immense similarity to the 2005 film Lord of War, the formula has indeed been done before... but not in this manner. The movie is about guns, illegal arms deals, corrupt politicians, but ultimately a corrupt sense of what the American dream really is. Fortunately, this story is presented to us in a ridiculously entertaining fashion, mainly thanks to the outstanding performances of Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Not to mention Bradley Cooper as a stone cold gangster. It's funny, and pretty interesting; but it doesn't offer too much for the thinking man. War Dogs is like candy; you're not going to get much out of it, but it's a damn fun movie to watch. I can still hear Jonah Hill's downright stupidly funny laugh echoing in my head.

San Andreas
San Andreas (2015)
15 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

There's not much to expect from movies like this, and I think having The Rock star in them is a dead giveaway that it's going to be pretty bad. San Andreas started out decently, but quickly gave in to just about every single Hollywood cliche in the books. Bad acting, a disaster movie love story, and worst of all cringe-worthy exposition. The only thing noteworthy is the special effects, but I'm sure you can find the best bits on YouTube. Avoid this at all costs.

Lion
Lion (2016)
15 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Most movies aren't as consistently good as Lion is. With two distinct halves, the first half is about a boy in India getting lost from his family, and the second half is about him trying to find his home again. It shows that a single, minute accident can completely change your life forever; and the beauty of Lion lies in the dynamic of it's simplicity and simultaneous complexity. The characters are so well written and this is even more obvious thanks to the ridiculously good performances from the entire cast. It's been a very long time since a movie has gotten this strong of an emotional reaction from me, and it's thoroughly glorious and emotionally resonating. From the stunning vistas and cinematography, to a soundtrack that fleshes out the story tenfold, to the acting of everyone involved, make for a masterpiece. From the first frame to the last, it's as a beautiful sprawling epic and ties with La La Land as the best film of 2016.

The Hateful Eight
19 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Tarantino never goes below a certain bar in quality of his films; despite The Hateful Eight being one of his weaker movies, it still manages to be a great film. The most notable aspect is the fact that it was filmed in 65mm Ultra Panavision- a type of camera that hasn't seen light since the 60's, and it features an extremely wide frame. This frame allows quite a bit to be captured; however, the downside is that there are two black bars that squish themselves into the frame. Unless you're watching this in a theater (which I didn't), it will come off as quite distracting. This is especially true considering that 90% of the film takes place in a single cabin. It would have made a lot more sense for Tarantino to use Panavision in say Django or Inglourious Basterds. Aside from that, the story is excellent (which is always a default for Tarantino). The only quarrel I have is that it runs a little too long at 2 hours and 45 minutes. Things don't really pick up until halfway in, but even so, the banter between characters is always fun to watch. Sam L. Jackson and Walton Goggins shine in the lead, and they're a great duo- not to mention great actors. One of the things that makes The Hateful Eight so interesting is the style of mystery. It's set up as if it were a game of Clue, where certain people are conspiring to kill the rest, and you slowly have to figure out who they are. Every subsequent Tarantino film is a true privilege to watch, and despite this being one of his weaker films, it's still a blast to watch.

Fences
Fences (2016)
21 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It took me a while to gather my thoughts after walking out of the theater. Denzel and Viola Davis gave two incredible, Oscar-worthy performances, and the dialogue that brought them there is downright genius writing. These positives only made me even more divided about the film as a whole, because it didn't feel like a film at all. Being based off of a play, it felt like a play that was trying to be a film, but ended up getting stuck in an awkward spot in between. There's nothing wrong with having few actually physical spaces to deliver a story in, but it was to the point where it was distracting. It also felt a little too long for me; clocking in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, there was a lot of dialogue (particularly in the beginning) that could and should have been cut out. It wasn't until the 2nd and 3rd acts that it demands your attention. I can't call it great cinema, because that would be an inaccurate statement. The movie fully stands on the performances, and if it weren't for Denzel and Davis, there wouldn't be much to praise. Luckily, they deliver the goods, which makes it worth seeing.