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Gloria (2013, Chile) ***

Gloria (2013, Chile) ***

Gloria, a Chilean-Spanish drama directed by Sebastián Lelio to a screenplay by himself and Gonzalo Maza, tells the story of a 58 year old divorcee who, tired of the singles' parties circuit, attempts at finding a new love. One can either relate to the character and become completely immersed, or watch her life-story unfolds with some interest, but then yawn as the film goes on and on. Still, it is a noteworthy film with heartful and warm appeal.
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Her (2013) ****

Her (2013) ****

Her, a comedy-drama written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze, feels both futuristic and current. It is at the same time depressing and inspiring, original yet familiar.
Her covers topics such as examination of human relationships, and our growing affair with our computers and mobile devices. It also hints at the current state of human mental evolution, which includes our still limited capacity to fully love.
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Frozen (2013) ****

Frozen (2013) ****

Very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, Frozen, a Walt Disney animated musical fantasy is both familiar and original. What makes Frozen work are sympathetic characters, including a twist on the Snow Queen's persona, one which gives her human motivation and thus allows us to feel her pain. Considering that in recent years animated films have been a pain to watch and that this one is energetic and fun, it well deserves the grade.
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Enough Said (2013) ****

Enough Said (2013) ****

What makes Enough Said work so well is not a surprising plot twist but rather a sharp yet authentically-written script, and wonderful delivery and chemistry between the main characters. It is a reminder that relationships are composed not necessarily by larger than life decisions but quite often by the small details that makes us like or distaste another person.
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Don Jon (2013) ***

Don Jon (2013) ***

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing-directing debut, Don Jon, can be classified as a new genre: pornomedy... Though truth be told, it's not really porn but rather a sort of a commentary using porn as a, hmmm... shall we say means to an end?
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The Spectacular Now (2013) ***

The Spectacular Now (2013) ***

The Spectacular Now is able to capture some elements of the coming of age experience. Its plotline is mostly satisfying with the exception of the set-to-please ending. I only wish the filmmakers would have been a little braver in their exploration of the characters and the situations presented along the road.
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