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Pick of the Week

The Master

I loved this movie! My favorite this year. The originality of the story and the story-telling, the acting, the flawless direction. The Master says volumes—to me anyway—about how fears, often developed early in life, control our fates; about how power—held by an individual, or an institution—corrupts and destroys. Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) desperately needs organization and structure in his life, but he has an overpowering authority problem which makes this impossible; The Master (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is tormented by the one person (Freddie), the one emotion, the one overwhelming fear, that he cannot control. The movie continued even after I left the theater. A guy stared my way, got my attention, and handed me a card. He said, "happy hour 'till 7:30." Modern life in all its absurd glory!

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End of Watch

Tense, terrific acting and dialog, and best of all—a Hollywood film that celebrates cops instead of gangsters.

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Pitch Perfect

"Glee" goes to college. And yet this is very entertaining. The audience seemed to have a particularly grand time. Also, I'm a huge fan of Anna Kendrick, who seems destined for great things.

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Looper

Twisty, well-acted, and very watchable. But I kept comparing it in my head to "Blade Runner" and praising the merits of a classical education (Ridley Scott's) versus a somewhat shallower American view of this world and its alternatives.

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Sparkle

Engaging, but I was put off a bit by the direction and some of the acting. Overall the story made it work for me.

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The Cold Light of Day

I just kind of found this unwatchable. I could not get into it at all.

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House at the End of the Street

A horror tale that at least isn't a carbon copy of what film students think works against the audience. Not great, but watchable.

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