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Moonlight
Moonlight (2016)
6 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film includes great direction, scoring and cinematography, and stand out performances by Naomi Harris and Ashton Sanders. Despite all of that, and it's relevant and "important" subject matter, it is still the movie equivalent of Rohypnol and left no impression on me at all. The bullying scenes were a little too "after-school special" and fake, and its snail-like pace really tests the audience. This film will get faux love, genuine love, faux criticism and genuine criticism, so it may be hard to determine if you should go see it. I say, unless you have a particular interest, save your time and money.

Manchester by the Sea
48 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is an incredibly sad tale about sad people in a sad town. It's the typical bone-dry film that critics drool over, but it just didn't leave an impression on me. Casey Affleck's performance is really great, the screenplay is occasionally funny but mostly somber, and the directing is fine. This film is an interesting character study, but one that can lull you to sleep pretty easily.

The Nice Guys
The Nice Guys (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

This is a very good buddy cop movie with good performances from Rice and Crowe, and a hilarious turn by Gosling. The story is a bit messy, but the laughs are enough to make up for that. With the fun chemistry between this main cast, I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel.

La La Land
La La Land (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is pure magic. Damien Chazelle has cemented himself as one of the greatest directors alive while Stone and Gosling deserve heaps of credit and awards for their unmatched chemistry and great work in this masterpiece. The writing is great, the acting is amazing, and the score, choreography, cinematography and directing are all off the charts. I tend to favor movies that bend the mind, and this one does not. Instead it chooses to dazzle the eyes, treat the ears, and bend the heart. So glad original movies/musicals like this can still be made, however few and far between they are.

Arrival
Arrival (2016)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I guess it doesn't take much to make an amazing movie. Just an incredibly original story by Ted Chiang, great directorial choices by Dennis Villeneuve, and a great performance from Amy Adams. The film's pragmatic approach to an alien landing really separates it from other sci-fi films, and then the story hits another gear and separates itself from all other films of any genre. A couple of pacing holes are present but can't come close to bringing this movie down. I have always believed the best films are the ones that have you thinking well after you've left the theater. This is one of those films.