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Everybody Wants Some!!
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Brimming with a nostalgic vibe for the college life in the 1970s, Everybody Wants Some!! is a frequently delightful episodic film. Vivid personalities of the various baseball team members, allow the film to be consistently entertaining, even when these characters threaten to overwhelm. Richard Linklater elegantly directs this piece which truly isn't about much other than college life and getting layed, however, it is so amusing and charming that there is lots of fun to be had. Some quibbles include a rather bland central character who is difficult to relate to due to his utter competence as a person in every way. Relative newcomer Blake Jenner is suave enough but he can't compensate for the standard part he plays. Some of the very minor supporting characters, such as Billy, could have been given more attention because I found myself intrigued by his outcast status in the group. Alas, Everybody Wants Some!! is plenty enjoyable and inducing the nostalgic coma associated with haze driven college life, and it gives some lesser known male actors a chance to shine with fun characters. Zoey Deutch also turns in a lovely minor performance in some great key scenes she shares with the protagonist. Rating: 73

Don't Breathe
Don't Breathe (2016)
8 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Horror movies are having a resurgence lately and 2016 is the strongest year for horror in quite a while. Don't Breathe adds another impressive film to the growing list of solid horror films this year. The premise is smartly twisted while the performances are very good for a film of this nature. The first half of the film is brilliantly conceived and tense, which inevitably gives way to some icky plot twists near the end, a staple of modern horror. However, in the end this deliciously sick film is still riveting and tense enough to forgive its faults. Some advice for watching would be to not take the films' title advice. Remember to breathe, or the suspense will get you. Rating: 71

Captain Fantastic
12 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Captain Fantastic is a movie I was craving to love. The storyline grabbed me from the beginning and the familial dynamic is so interesting, that it is absolutely devastating to see how misguided the film ends up being. For one, the film's lead character is highly adamant about criticizing and even making fun of organized religion and Christianity to the point of a scene in a church funeral being highly offensive. The tonal inconsistency of the film is also evident throughout the dips into sentimentality that never quite land like they're supposed to given the distancing nature of the lead character, to strange comedic elements that feel tacky and forced. Artificial more like it. Captain Fantastic had the chance to be a raw and cathartic experience about family and questionale parenting values, and while the kids camerarderie is charming, the film is often manufactured and can't quite drive home its emotional cues. Rating: 53

The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri)
18 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Filmed in such a way as to blur the lines between reality and cinema, The Battle of Algiers is possibly one of the most powerful war films. The documentary-style feature allows the film to feel real and the lack of big name celebrities also creates an authentic experience. The film also doesn't need to add tons of fictional subplots that only use the war as a backdrop. Instead, the war is the centerpiece upon which the plot is born. The Battle of Algiers is intense and thought-provoking, though not necessarily enjoyable. Worth a look. Note: Viewed as part of my French Cinema class. Rating: 74

Dope (2015)
18 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Dope is smart in many aspects, however it constantly keeps falling back on the typical drug exchange plot that it's hard to feel like much here is new. It is a shame because it promises nice star turns from Shameik Moore and the charming ensemble cast which unfortunately get bogged down in stereotypical characters and classic coming-of-age checklist plot points. Dope has many lovely moments, but many garish ones as well which leaves this well-meaning Sundance entertainment in an ok middle-ground. Rating: 62