The Squid and the Whale (2005)

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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (IMDb)
The anti-climactic ending feels inconsequential and insubstantial, which is frustrating because the bulk of the film is anything but: Literally every scene is loaded with subtle meaning as a fantastic script teases out all the interesting nooks and crannies of the tragic and often disturbing dynamics of the broken family under study. Superbly acted, with a great stop-and-go soundtrack that adds distinct flavours throughout the sharply edited (any longer and it would have been too painful) drama.
8/10 (Great)
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Zombieland (2009)

The zombie-apocalypse setting here is mined for a truckload of blood, guts, and morbid humour. Eisenberg’s methodical, matter-of-fact narration creates a hilarious contrast with the savage goings-on, and his shy and paranoid Columbus paired with Harrelson’s rash Tallahassee makes for a fun duo that (predictably) teams up with two street-smart sisters. The plot is weak, but combine the film’s excellent horror-comedy with a short-lived Bill Murray cameo and you still have a very enjoyable romp.

7.2/10

The Social Network (2010)

A brilliant soundtrack here takes an already well-paced screenplay and makes it buzz and burst with life, driving forward the fascinating origin story of Facebook and the good mix of corporate, legal, and personal drama that accompanies it. Thankfully, the quick-witted Eisenberg and smooth-talking Timberlake, along with the rest of the cast, are able to keep pace in this riveting and well-filmed biopic.

8.0/10