Movie Diary 12/8/2014

Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014). Caught up with this one for year-end-list-making. And yes, this will make the year-end list.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Peter Jackson, 2014). There won’t be any more after this – what will Peter Jackson do with his life? Watching tip: You better know the previous five movies, because there are lots of references in play. (full review 12/17)

Top Five (Chris Rock, 2014). Man, is this what passes for a top-flight comedy now? I like Rock’s ambitions, but jeez. (full review 12/12)

A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn, 2014). A John le Carre story given a depressed but effective treatment. Almost painful at times watching Philip Seymour Hoffman, knowing he wouldn’t last much longer.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011). Yup, one of the best movies of recent years, all right. Now why hasn’t Alfredson directed a movie since?

The Great Invisible (Margaret Brown, 2014). The Deepwater Horizon disaster, and its aftermath – a story that feels only partly told at this point, which is hard on a documentary.

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