July 31st: Take Shelter

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Release Date: 2011
Director: Jeff Nichols
Why I picked this: Michael Shannon

It may have a simple premise on the surface, but this film is¬†ultimately¬†an intriguing tale about a father and husband’s mental struggle and paranoia.

Favorite

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July 29th: The Road

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Release Date: 2009
Director: John Hillcoat
Why I picked this: I’m in a post-apocalyptic mood

Really great visuals and performances from the two main leads, but I think the main beats from the novel could have been hit harder in the film version.

Good

July 28th: The Conjuring

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Release Date: 2013
Director: James Wan
Why I picked this: It was a double feature with “The Wolverine”

I’m not too big on horror, but this was very well shot and actually quite thrilling at points.

Good

July 27th: The Wolverine

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Release Date: 2013
Director: James Mangold
Why I picked this: In hopes it’ll be better than that OTHER one

Not bad. A good action sequence or two, and a great performance from Jackman. However, it is a little forgettable, and I’m unsure on how Wolverine developed by the end of the film.

Okay

July 26th: Barton Fink

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Release Date: 1991
Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Why I picked this: Again, no clue what it’s about, but it’s the Coen Brothers

Just great to watch, from the acting, dialogue, and imagery.

Favorite

July 23rd: War Horse

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Release Date: 2011
Director: Steven Spielberg
Why I picked this: Spielberg, I guess.

Long and very sentimental. Definitely well shot, and probably worth your time, if you don’t mind the sentimentality.

Good