Category Archives: 4-Star

Senna (2010, 106 minutes, PG-13) 4 out of 5 stars

Recommended documentary about Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who won three Formula One racing championships before his death at age 34. This got good reviews, but I was somewhat skeptical. I have no interest in car racing (I didn’t even know the … Continue reading

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In a Better World (2010, 119 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended meditation on violence from Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Won the 2011 Best Foreign Film Oscar. The movie unfolds in both Denmark and an unnamed African country, where in each we see the effects and limitations of both violence … Continue reading

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The Guard (2011, 96 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining if uneven comedy with a great performance from Brendan Gleeson. He plays Gerry Boyle, an extremely politically incorrect, foul-mouthed Irish cop in a small town in County Galway who has little use for following by the book procedure when … Continue reading

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Beginners (2010, 105 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Pretty well done comedy/drama that isn’t breaking any new ground but is well presented, elevating it a bit above the average entry in the genre. The word is overused with these types of movie, but it’s definitely in the “quirky” … Continue reading

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Fish Tank (2009, 122 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Gritty and drab slow-burner, but also a very good one from writer/director Andrea Arnold. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old, and lives in an East London housing project. She has a shit bag of a mom (Kierston Wareing), and … Continue reading

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Dark Days (2000, 94 minutes, Unrated (would be R)) 4 out of 5 stars

Compelling documentary about a community of homeless people living underground in the NYC subway tunnels near Penn Station. Shot entirely in black and white, the movie chronicles their everyday struggles against rats, squalor, drugs, and more. We’re introduced to a … Continue reading

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Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010, 84 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly amusing documentary about the Filipino exploitation film genre of the 1960s-1980s. Good, but not as good as the filmmaker’s (Mark Hartley) previous movie on the Australian exploitation-cinema craze of the 70s and 80s, Not Quite Hollywood. The Philippines post-World … Continue reading

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