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  • In the Earth

    In the Earth

    ★★★★

    What a weird world we currently live in, where this is playing in wide release. On one hand, it's cool for a movie like this to get such broad exposure. On the other, I really wish I had been watching this at Midnight at the NuArt with a bunch of college kids having serious panic attacks because they chose to smoke weed and watch this movie. When that's an option again, life will officially be restored.

  • About Endlessness

    About Endlessness

    ★★½

    Got bit by a chihuahua on my walk home from the theater. If I spoke Swedish, I could be a vignette in the movie.

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  • Compliance

    Compliance

    ½

    There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:

    1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...

    Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…

  • The Queen of Versailles

    The Queen of Versailles

    ★★★½

    Frankly, those who argue that the film presents the Siegels as contemptible villains of the financial crisis could not misunderstand the film or the financial crisis itself any more.

    The Queen of Versailles is actually about how eerily similar its subjects are to the average American: they over-borrowed and overspent themselves into oblivion, completely ignorant of and/or complacent to the fact they were being played by the banks. Sure, they may have been financing a lifestyle thousands of times more…