Dog/house sitting has its perks. Recorded in the order I watched them, which was more or less random.
  1. Sicario
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    SEE IT. Tied for my favorite. Highly recommend. Top to bottom, it all worked. // Emily Blunt, Benecil Del Toro, Josh Brolin // Dir. Denis Villeneuve; Writ. Taylor Sheridan
  2. Far From The Madding Crowd
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    Missable. Carey Mulligan is so charming and elegant but it just isn't enough to make this a great movie. // Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen // Dir. Thomas Vinterberg; Writ. David Nicholls
  3. Brooklyn
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    See it. Second place after the tie. In a word: lovely. The script was well thought out and paced, and Saorise Ronan's beautiful transformation lifts the film from good to great. // Saorise Ronan, Emory Cohen, Dohmnall Gleeson // Dir. John Crowley; Writ. Nick Hornby
  4. Mistress America
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    See it. Not for everyone but if you're familiar with Greta Gerwig and/or Noah Baumbach (which I am) then this is another solid film by both. I also recommend their previous collaboration "Frances Ha," one of my favorite films of 2013. // Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke // Dir. Noah Baumbach; Writ. Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig
  5. Grandma
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    Missable. Not exactly my kind of movie but I did enjoy it. Lily Tomlin brings it, as usual, but is it a must see? Meh. // Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner // Dir. and Writ. Paul Weitz
  6. The End of the Tour
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    See it. Well hello serious actor Jason Segel! I didn't think I would enjoy this movie as much as I did but it's a good one. Not a movie I'd watch again and again, but I'm glad I saw it. I may even buy "Infinite Jest" but the question is... Will I read it and, if I do, will I finish it? // Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg // Dir. James Ponsoldt; Writ. Donald Margulies
  7. Room
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    SEE IT. Tied for my favorite. Absolutely a must see. I'll be thinking about this movie for a long time. Incredible. // Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay // Dir. Lenny Abrahamson; Writ. Emma Donoghue
  8. Steve Jobs
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    See it or miss it, up to you. I love Aaron Sorkin. I love Michael Fassbender. I love Kate Winslet. They all did fine but when the credits rolled, I tried to figure out why the movie was made and then realized I didn't care enough to discover the answer. // Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet // Dir. Danny Boyle; Writ. Aaron Sorkin
  9. Trainwreck
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    See it or miss it, up to you. I laughed more than I thought I would. Amy Schumer has some serious acting chops, and her screenwriting skills will only improve as time goes by. I could definitely see her in a drama or writing another comedy. Let's see what her and J Law come up with! // Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson // Dir. Judd Apatow; Writ. Amy Schumer
  10. Mr. Holmes
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    Missable. When is Ian McKellen not amazing, but the movie was only okay. An interesting concept to see Sherlock Holmes at the end of his life, but I don't think I'd see it again. // Ian McKellen, Laura Linney // Dir. Bill Condon; Writ. Jeffrey Hatcher
  11. Bridge of Spies
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    See it. It's not my favorite but it was a good movie. All the ingredients of a well made film... Spielberg and Hanks know what they're doing. // Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance // Dir. Steven Spielberg; Writ. Matt Charman and the Coen Brothers