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Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

When I first heard that a film version of Cloud Atlas was in the works, I couldn't imagine how anyone could pull it off. I'm still not sure that this film does that, but it certainly gives it a damn good try. It's difficult to judge the film on its own merits without bringing my experiences with the novel into the mix, but while I can't honestly say that it truly does the book justice, it does give a sense of David Mitchell's rather majestic vision of the universe and how it quietly operates on its own agenda. Visually impressive for sure, and the notion of each actor playing several roles is an interesting idea, although it works better in some cases than in others. I'm still not sure that Cloud Atlas is a filmable book, but I admire the effort.

The Sessions
The Sessions (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Rather sweet, often quite touching. Seems a bit unfocused at times and struggles now and then to string the plot elements together, but it's quite remarkable that after a while you don't really notice that John Hawkes' character spends pretty much the entire movie lying immobile on his back - his presence on screen is that compelling. Once in a while the poignancy drifts over into sentimentalism, but the film offers enough blunt edges to balance things out.

Lawless
Lawless (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Not quite enough depth or character development overall to be great, but entertaining enough as what it is: a violent and unwhitewashed look at the mess of Prohibition and the people who became drawn into its corruption. Tom Hardy and Guy Pearce particularly memorable in their roles.

ParaNorman
ParaNorman (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Quite funny, sometimes surprisingly clever, and with just enough darkness to surprise. A nice quirky approach to the "it's okay to be different" theme, this time more than just a little chastizing to those trying to maintain the status quo. Visually impressive and fast-paced; I personally could have used a touch more of that insubordinate edge, but it's fun.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Such a difficult film to pin down in a microreview...I can only reiterate what others have already said: that Quvenzhane Wallis is a tiny force of nature who can best any of the other elements she's up against in this film. Not perfect, but still a profoundly original allegorical fable that is grounded enough in realism to make us believe in this strange world and its inhabitants, which seem to exist just slightly off-centre from our own reality. And probably the best film score I've heard in years, which manages in its haunting beauty to lift the film just a little more towards the light.