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***** A must watch
**** Worth seeing
*** If you must watch a movie and there is nothing else out there
** Don’t bother
* It’s so bad its almost good... not... These are films I walked out on, or just fell asleep
(K: stars) Rating by my children. As they are easy to please, would typically be higher than mine...


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The Drop (2014) ****

The Drop (2014) ****

The Drop, a crime drama directed by Michaël R. Roskam to a script by Dennis Lehane, is both familiar and fresh. There is a rough edge to The Drop that places it in a different category than other films in the genre. Recommended if you like the genre.
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Tim's Vermeer (2013) ****

Tim's Vermeer (2013) ****

Directed by Teller, the documentary Tim's Vermeer, which was produced by Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, follows an inventor named Tim Jenison as he attempts to unearth techniques possibly used by the 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, to produce realistic paintings. Tim, who is not short on funds, may be considered a tad obsessive. But then again, maybe that is how people with lots of money and free time on their hand are thought of. Yet, the sincerity and passion with which Tim approaches the self-imposed challenge are bound to win hearts.
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Zero Motivation (2014, Israel) ****

Zero Motivation (2014, Israel) ****

Written and directed by Talya Lavie, Zero Motivation (original Hebrew film title is Zero in Human Relations,) is a gem. Presenting a wide range of topics, the film’s language is crude yet anything but stupid. It portrays several female Israeli soldiers, serving in a remote desert base, trying not to lose their mind out of boredom until their time is up and they can return to civilian life.

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Boyhood (2014) ***

Boyhood (2014) ***

Boyhood features vignettes from an American family life, a life that is typical in some ways, yet unique in others. Some moments felt quite authentic, still, plenty a time I found myself asking why do I need to sit and watch on the big screen that which I have just left behind at home. Only reason, in my mind, to see a drama that represents real life, is if there is something to be learned. Sadly, at least for the earlier part of Boyhood, I did not feel rewarded. The intent was there but that somehow got lost in translation.
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Love Is Strange (2014) ***

Love Is Strange (2014) ***

At its heart, Love Is Strange has a universal theme of commitment, loneliness and relationship. It is, at the same time, also very much a New York City based story, with plenty of small details that will go unnoticed, and maybe that is for the better, by the general audience.
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Begin Again (2014) ***

Begin Again (2014) ***

Begin Again does enjoy several sincere moments, a few decent pieces of music, and an occasional laugh, but all in all, it is a disappointment. It tries too hard where flow is needed, it is overdramatic where a lighter touch is called for, and it lingers on and on where better pacing could have saved the day. Once it is not; begin again, it should.  
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