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Critics Consensus: A kaleidoscopic neo-noir, Gemini is a visually striking murder mystery with a convoluted but largely compelling plot and an impressive showing from Lola Kirke. Critics Consensus: Final Portrait finds writer-director Stanley Tucci patiently telling a quietly absorbing story, brought to life by a talented ensemble led by Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer. Directed By: Stanley Tucci. Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and packed with solid performances, Bad Times at the El Royale delivers pure popcorn fun with the salty tang of social subtext.
Directed By: Drew Goddard. Critics Consensus: Never Goin' Back benefits from the chemistry between leads Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone, whose easy rapport lifts a coming-of-age story with uncommon insight. Directed By: Augustine Frizzell. Critics Consensus: Smallfoot offers a colorful distraction that should keep younger viewers entertained - and a story whose message might even resonate with older audiences.
Directed By: Karey Kirkpatrick. Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage. Directed By: Brian Taylor. Critics Consensus: Before We Vanish finds Kiyoshi Kurosawa working within well-established genre guidelines to take a poignant, surprisingly sincere look at the human condition. Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Critics Consensus: Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.
Starring: Vivienne Westwood. Directed By: Lorna Tucker. Critics Consensus: Destroyer's grueling narrative is as uncompromising as Nicole Kidman's central performance, which adds extra layers to a challenging film that leaves a lingering impact. Directed By: Karyn Kusama. Let the Corpses Tan Laissez bronzer les cadavres! Critics Consensus: Let the Corpses Tan challenges the audience's expectations -- and delivers a singularly stylish, unforgettably unique viewing experience in the bargain.
Directed By: Gus Van Sant. Critics Consensus: The Escape probes gender mores while surveying the wreckage of a marriage -- and offering the underrated Gemma Arterton another opportunity to prove her dramatic mettle. Directed By: Dominic Savage. Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre - not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters. Directed By: John McPhail. Critics Consensus: Black '47 anchors its grim and gritty action in deceptively deep genre storytelling, although its epic ambitions arguably exceed its grasp.
Directed By: Lance Daly. Critics Consensus: Mid90s tells a clear-eyed yet nostalgic coming-of-age tale that might mark the start of an auspicious new career for debuting writer-director Jonah Hill. Directed By: Jonah Hill. Critics Consensus: Capernaum hits hard, but rewards viewers with a smart, compassionate, and ultimately stirring picture of lives in the balance.
Directed By: Nadine Labaki. Critics Consensus: Dark River is just as bleak as its title would suggest, but solidly conceived characters and a standout performance from Ruth Wilson make it worth diving in. Directed By: Clio Barnard. Critics Consensus: I Kill Giants' moody magical realism sometimes slips into the mundane, but impressive CGI and a powerhouse performance by Madison Wolfe pack an unexpected punch.
Directed By: Anders Walter. Critics Consensus: The King pursues a wildly ambitious thesis through some fairly bumpy territory, but emerges as a provocative and insightful look at modern America. Directed By: Eugene Jarecki. Critics Consensus: Mary Poppins Returns relies on the magic of its classic forebear to cast a familiar -- but still solidly effective -- family-friendly spell. Directed By: Rob Marshall. Critics Consensus: A coming of age drama with a surfing twist, Breath navigates seemingly familiar waters -- but has surprising depth below the surface.
Directed By: Simon Baker. Critics Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens. Directed By: Gareth Evans. Critics Consensus: 22 July offers a hard-hitting close-up look at the aftereffects of terrorism, telling a story with a thriller's visceral impact and the lingering emotional resonance of a drama.
Directed By: Paul Greengrass. Critics Consensus: Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Alpha offers a canine-assisted epic adventure that blends rousing action with an extra helping of canine charm. Directed By: Albert Hughes.
Critics Consensus: Refreshingly understated, Ben Is Back subverts family drama stereotypes - and provides a forum for terrific performances from Lucas Hedges and Julia Roberts. Vance , Kathryn Newton. Directed By: Peter Hedges. Critics Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh. Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients. Directed By: David Gordon Green. Critics Consensus: Love, Cecil shines a warm - and long overdue - spotlight on the work of an Oscar-winning talent whose contributions to classic cinema are too often overlooked. Starring: Cecil Beaton. Directed By: Lisa Immordino Vreeland. Critics Consensus: Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.
Directed By: Sally Potter. Critics Consensus: Anchored in empathy by writer-director-star Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased proves the road to complex, powerfully performed drama can also be paved with good intentions. Directed By: Joel Edgerton. Mamma Mia! Critics Consensus: Mamma Mia! Directed By: Ol Parker. Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it's still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.
Directed By: Colin Minihan. Critics Consensus: Grim and gripping in equal measure, Have a Nice Day is an animated drama that pulls no punches -- and leaves a satisfying mark. Directed By: Jian Liu. Critics Consensus: Green Book takes audiences on a surprisingly smooth ride through potentially bumpy subject matter, fueled by Peter Farrelly's deft touch and a pair of well-matched leads. Directed By: Peter Farrelly.
Critics Consensus: Beirut tells a complex, tightly plotted tale of international intrigue, further elevated by strong central performances from Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Directed By: Brad Anderson. Critics Consensus: Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.
Directed By: Julius Avery. Directed By: Julian Schnabel. Critics Consensus: Far more traditional and straightforward than its unwieldy title, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society offers delightful comfort food for fans of period drama. Directed By: Mike Newell. Critics Consensus: Early Man isn't quite as evolved as Aardman's best work, but still retains the unique visuals and sweet humor that have made the studio a favorite among animation enthusiasts.
Directed By: Nick Park. Starring: Michael Moore. Directed By: Michael Moore. Where Is Kyra? Critics Consensus: Where Is Kyra? Directed By: Andrew Dosunmu. Critics Consensus: A satisfying must-watch for diehard cineastes, The Other Side of the Wind offers the opportunity to witness a long-lost chapter in a brilliant filmmaker's career. Directed By: Orson Welles. Critics Consensus: Instant Family may not quite capture the complexity of real-life adoption, but fittingly for the unconditional bond it honors, this flawed yet well-intentioned dramedy is ultimately worth the investment.
Directed By: Sean Anders. Critics Consensus: Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists. Critics Consensus: Chappaquidick can't help leaving some of this true story's most intriguing questions unanswered, but it's bolstered by outstanding work from Jason Clarke in the central role. Directed By: John Curran. Critics Consensus: Juliet, Naked's somewhat familiar narrative arc is elevated by standout work from a charming cast led by a well-matched Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke.
Directed By: Jesse Peretz. Critics Consensus: Powered by an intriguing story and a pair of outstanding performances from Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, Molly's Game marks a solid debut for writer-director Aaron Sorkin. Directed By: Aaron Sorkin. Critics Consensus: Mohawk delivers effective period horror while skillfully weaving in sociopolitical subtext that pushes the film past genre -- and budgetary -- constraints. Directed By: Ted Geoghegan. Critics Consensus: Well-acted and visually stylish, Monsters and Men tells its timely story with enough compassion and complexity to make up for occasionally uneven execution.
Directed By: Reinaldo Marcus Green. Critics Consensus: Lover for a Day offers an absorbing character study that's as well-acted and believable as it is beautifully filmed. Directed By: Philippe Garrel. Critics Consensus: Puzzle transcends its quirky premise with honest emotion -- and Kelly Macdonald, whose nicely understated performance proves she's too often underutilized. Directed By: Marc Turtletaub.
Critics Consensus: Blockers puts a gender-swapped spin on the teen sex comedy -- one elevated by strong performances, a smartly funny script, and a surprisingly enlightened perspective. Directed By: Kay Cannon. Critics Consensus: Creed II's adherence to franchise formula adds up to a sequel with few true surprises, but its time-tested generational themes still pack a solid punch. Starring: Michael B. Directed By: Steven Caple Jr. Critics Consensus: Elevated by a solid soundtrack and a terrific cast, Dumplin' offers sweetly uplifting drama that adds just enough new ingredients to a reliably comforting formula.
Directed By: Anne Fletcher. Critics Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm. Directed By: David Leitch. Critics Consensus: Under the Tree leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it's leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor. Directed By: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson. Critics Consensus: The Third Murder makes satisfying work of its weighty themes, even if it doesn't quite stand with writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda's best efforts.
Directed By: Hirokazu Koreeda. Critics Consensus: Pope Francis - A Man of His Word offers a compelling look at the pontiff's ideas and message, even if its distance from the man means it won't win many new converts. An ode to the movies starring, about, and influenced by The Beatles in honor of Danny Boyle's Yesterday. As Roger Ebert noted in February, film festivals have become so ubiquitous that there's almost certainly one within driving distance of most film fans in the US.
And lots of them are sprouting world-wide. He advised that I provide a sense of the town and its atmosphere, the people, as well as what the festival itself was like. The Grand Poobah writes: "No man has a better wife than Chaz. Marie writes: While writer Brian Selznick was doing research for his book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret", he discovered the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia had a very old automaton in their collection. And although it wasn't one of machines owned by Georges Melies, it was remarkably similar and with a history akin to the one he'd created for the automaton in The Invention of Hugo Cabret My life has largely happened to me without any conscious plan.
I was an indifferent student except at subjects that interested me, and those I followed beyond the classroom, stealing time from others I should have been studying. I was no good at math beyond algebra.
I flunked French four times in college. I had no patience for memorization, but I could easily remember words I responded to. In college a chart of my grades resembled a mountain range. My first real newspaper job came when my best friend's father hired me to cover high school sports for the local daily. In college a friend told me I must join him in publishing an alternative weekly and then left it in my hands. I became the movie critic six months later through no premeditation, when the job was offered to me out of a clear blue sky. Marie writes: Allow me to introduce you to Bill and Cheryl.
I went to Art school with Bill and met his significant other Cheryl while attending the graduation party; we've been pals ever since. None of which is even remotely interesting until you see where they live and their remarkable and eclectic collection of finds. Marie writes: Doug Foster is a filmmaker and artist who produces large scale digital film installations that often play with ideas of symmetry and optical illusion.
His piece The Heretics' Gate is currently on view at "Daydreaming with Michael's" - an exhibition taking place at St. Michael's church in Camden, London. A twenty foot high, arched screen and a thirty foot long reflecting pool, are cleverly combined to deliver a mesmerizing and strangely ethereal vision of hell at the central focus point of the church's imposing gothic architecture.
The goal is to bring together some of the most acclaimed creative names working in music, art, film, fashion and design. This is the last of my lists of the best films of , and the hardest to name. Call it the Best Art Films. I could also call them Adult Films, if that term hadn't been devalued by the porn industry. These are films based on the close observation of behavior. They are not mechanical constructions of infinitesimal thrills. They depend on intelligence and empathy to be appreciated. They also require acting of a precision not necessary in many mass entertainments.
They require directors with a clear idea of complex purposes. They require subtleties of lighting and sound that create a self-contained world.
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Most of all, they require sympathy. The directors care for their characters, and ask us to see them as individuals, not genre emblems. That requires us to see ourselves as individual viewers, not "audience members. I found it in these titles, which for one reason or another weren't on my earlier lists. Maybe next year I'll just come up with one alphabetical list of all the year's best films, and call it "The Best Films of , A to Z. Linked here are reviews in recent months for which I wrote either 4 star or 3. What does Two Thumbs Up mean in this context?
These films are worth going out of your way to see, or you might rent them, add them to your Netflix, Blockbuster or TiVo queues, get them by VOD, watch for them on cable, anything. Many of the older titles are already streaming on Netflix and Amazon. Their frequent visitor is Mary Lesley Manville , a unhappy woman with a drinking problem who needs shoring up with their sanity. One of the year's best films. Four stars. The story of a man who finds love only once in his life, for 15 perfect years. It is the love of a dog. It may be the only love he is capable of experiencing.
This is an animated film combining elating visuals with a virtuoso voice performance by Christopher Plummer. Nor for children. Foe adults who will admire its beauty and profundity. Directed and animated by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. Gerard Depardieu stars as a famous Parisian police inspector who is on holiday when a man tells him, "I committed murder Marie Bunel is warm and supportive of her husband, and a good confidant during pillow talk about crime.
Three and a half stars. A magician named Tatischeff fails in one music hall after another, and ends up in Scotland, where a young woman takes care of him and believes in him, even when he's reduced to performing in store windows. Paul Giamatti stars as an unremarkable Montreal TV producer who drinks too much, smokes too many cigars, and discards two women in quick divorces before finding at last one far too good for him Rosamund Pike. Dustin Hoffman has a smallish but particularly good role as his father.
Giamatti won the Golden Globe award as best actor. David Ryan Gosling is the rebellious son of a wealthy Manhattan family that owns sleazy 42nd Street real estate.
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He marries Katie Kirsten Dunst , and they move to Vermont to open an organic products store. But his father Frank Langella pressures him to return to the family business, and he undergoes alarming changes eventually connected to two murders. Based on one of those true stories Dominick Dunne used to write about in Vanity Fair. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as Dean and Cindy in two seasons of marriage: Six years ago when love was fact, and today, when love proves unable to support the weight of real life. Director Derek Cianfrance closely observes the details as his couple fail to comprehend the larger picture.
Dean thinks marriage is the station. Cindy thought it was the train. He is afflicted with a torturous stammer, and his wife Helena Bonham Carter seeks out an unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue to treat him. Civilized and fascinating, this is the story of their unlikely relationship. The R rating, for language, is absurd; this is an ideal film for teenagers. An entertaining remake of the film, and more. Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn easily fills John Wayne's boots, and Hailee Steinfeld is very special as young Mattie Ross, who hires the old marshal to help her hunt down the varmit what killed her old man.
Not a "Coen Brothers Film," but a flawlessly executed Western in the grand tradition. Johnny Marco Stephen Dorff is a movie star. He has access to sex, booze, drugs, but feels no pleasure. He sits in a Los Angeles hotel room, stuck.
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His year-old daughter Elle Fanning comes to stay for a few days, but he clearly has no feeling for fatherhood. He's given an award in Milan but hardly notices in the confusion of strangers around him in a hotel suite. He retreats to the same famous West Hollywood where John Belushi died, which for him might have been a recommendation. Sofia Coppola's film, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice, is a masterpiece of observation of hopelessness.
This is the tricky and very observant story of how a married couple is getting along, eight months after their 4-year-old ran out into the street and was struck dead by a car. They were leveled with grief. Their sex life stopped. They lived for a time in a daze, still surrounded in the house by the possessions of the child who no longer lives there. I know all this sounds like a mournful dirge, but in fact "Rabbit Hole" is entertaining and surprisingly amusing, under the circumstances.
Natalie Portman in a bravura performance as a driven perfectionist, a young ballerina up for a starring role at Lincoln Center. Her life is shadowed by a smothering mother Barbara Hershey , an autocratic director Vincent Cassel and a venomous rival Mila Kunis and her deposed predecessor Winona Ryder. A full-bore melodrama, told with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. A remarkable portrait of a despicable man, the terrorist Carlos "the Jackyl" , who from to directed a shadowy group of violent militants that dealt in kidnapping and murder.
Edgar Ramirez is powerful in the title role, as an egomaniac whose primary cause seems to be himself. With reckless boldness he eludes an international manhunt until finally even his masters grow tired of him. Unflinching, detailed, absorbing. Directed by Olivier Assayas. Isabella Huppert plays a French woman in Africa, managing the coffee plantation that was her ex-husband's. War stirs in the land, and she is warned to evacuate. She finds that unthinkable. This is her home, this is her farm, and she will bring in the crop. The movie doesn't sentimentalize or make a political statement; like its heroine, it doesn't have theories.
A beautiful, puzzling film; the enigmatic quality of Huppert's impassivity draws us in. He convinced prison officials he had died of AIDS, successfully faked a heart attack, and escaped from jail four times hint: always on Friday the 13th. Thereafter his life consists of trying to get Steven out of jail, or trying to escape to be with him. Jim Carrey's mercurial personality was almost necessary to even make this movie. Clint Eastwood considers the idea of an afterlife with tenderness, beauty and a gentle tact. Matt Damon stars as a man who believes he has a genuine psychic gift, and suffers for it.
Cecile de France is a French newsreader who has a near-death experience. Frankie McLaren is a small boy seeking his dead twin. The stories converge, but in a way that respects the plausible. Not a woo-woo film but about how love makes us need for there to be an afterlife. Delightful serious comedy about the historic in Ford's British plant that ended its unequal pay for women, and began a global movement.
Sally Hawkins plays Rita O'Grady, who caught the public fancy as a strike leader. Bob Hoskins is a sympathetic union organizer, and Miranda Richardson plays Barbara Castle, the minister of labor who unexpectedly sided with the striking women. An American photojournalist Scoot McNairy shepherds the daughter of his boss Whitney Able north from Mexico though a dangerous Infected Zone occupied by an alien life form.
But this isn't a "monster movie," or an exploitation film. It's an uncannily absorbing journey transformed by the fact of Beings who are fundamentally different from any life form we have imagine. Writer-director Gareth Edwards, who also created the special effects, builds toward a climax combining uncommon suspense and uncanny poetry. In terms of sheer craftsmanship, this is a superb film.
Directed by Tony Scott. Rachel McAdam transforms a conventional plot into a bubbling comedy with her lovable high energy. She plays an ambitious young producer on a last-place network morning news show, who forces a reluctant TV veteran Harrison Ford to do the kind of TV he despises. A lot of laughs, including Diane Keaton as Ford's veteran co-anchor, Matt Malloy as a goofy weatherman and Jeff Goldblum as the boss who considers the show dead in the water.
The harrowing true story of James Franco, a rock climber whose arm was pinned to a Utah canyon wall by a boulder. In desperation he amputated his own arm to free himself. James Franco stars in Danny Boyle's film, which is gruesome but not quite too gruesome to watch. It's rather awesome what an entertaining and absorbing film Danny Boyle has made here.
Yes, entertaining. Paul Conroy Ryan Reynolds is a truck driver working for a private contractor in Iraq. He comes to consciousness in blackness. He feels around and finds a lighter. It its flame his worst fears are realized. He has been kidnapped, buried alive, and is a hostage. Taking place entirely within the coffin, this is a superior suspense picture that's ingenious in devising plausible events inside the limited space.
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When a once-homely local girl returns home with newfound fame and an improved nose, all the men perk up with unfortunate results. Directed by Stephen Frears. Three and a half star. The life and times of Mark Zuckerberg Jesse Eisenberg , who created Facebook, became a billionaire in his early 20s, and now has million members on the site he created. A fascinating portrait of a brilliant social misfit who intuited a way to involve humankind race in the Kevin Bacon Game. Everybody likes Facebook--it's the site that's all about you.
With Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the Napster founder who introduced Zuckerberg to the Silicon Valley fast lane, Andrew Garfield as the best friend who gets dumped, and Armie Hammer as the Winklevoss twins, who sued Zuckerberg for stealing their idea. A great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.
Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, who fell in love with Secretariat when he was born, and battled the all-male ring fraternity and her own family to back her faith in the champion. A lovingly crafted film, knowledgeable about racing, with great uplift. One of the year's best. Begins as a documentary about an annual New Years migration from cities to villages by million Chinese, and focuses on one family; the parents have labored at low factory wages for 15 years to pay for their children's education back home, and now, as their daughter graduates high school, they may find only heartbreak as repayment.
Shot over three years, it's one of those extraordinary films, like "Hoop Dreams," that tells a story the makers could not possibly have anticipated in advance. Works like stunning, grieving fiction. Exactly how Wall Street thieves eagerly sold bad mortgages, bet against them, and paid themselves millions in bonuses for bankrupting their own companies. And the Street is having another good year at our expense, because Financial Reform is as far away as ever. An angry, devastating documentary.
A well-made retelling of the Swedish "Let the Right One In," which doesn't cheapen the original but respects it and adds some useful events. Not for Team Edward. A portrait of Otis and Oscar, two self-employed collectors of scrap metal, who troll the alleys in their trucks and vacant lots of Chicago for metals that can be sold. They work hard, they support families, they perform recycling on metals that might end up buried in garbage, and they like the work--its freedom, its independence.
See this and you'll never look at a scavenger with the same eyes. In an alternative time line, test-tube babies are created solely for the purpose of acting as Donors for body parts. Raised in seclusion, they accept their role. Are they really human, after all?
In this sensitive, teary adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, three of them begin to glimpse the reality of their situation, and its tragedy. The Beatles are only distantly on the horizon in this deeply-felt biopic of young John Lennon growing up in Liverpool. He's at the center of a tricky relationship involving his mother, who he didn't know growing up, and his aunt, who raised him. From these years perhaps came and simultaneous elation and sadness of many of his songs. The new documentary by Davis Guggenheim "An Inconvenient Truth" says the American educational system is failing, and dramatizes this failure in a painfully direct way, saying what is wrong, and what is right.
He points to existing magnet schools that draw their students by random lottery and virtually guarantee high school graduation and acceptance by a college. He explains why bad teachers who cannot be fired are a national scandal. The film is alarming, fascinating, and in the end hopeful. Funny, star-making role for Emma Stone, as a high school girl nobody notices, until she's too embarrassed to admit she spent the weekend home alone and claims she had sex with a college boy. When word gets around, she uses her undeserved notoriety to play the role to the hilt, even wearing a Scarlet Letter.
And she's able to boost the reps of some of her pals by making up reports of their process. Sounds crass. George Clooney is starkly defined as a criminal as obedient and focused as a samurai. He manufactures weapons for specialized jobs. He lives and functions alone.
He works for a man who might as well be a master. He used few words. Only his feelings for a prostitute named Clara Violante Placido supply an opening to his emotions. Zen in its focus. Bryce has been running away from her ever since. Now they're 14 and they seem to be flipping: he more interested, she less.
Rod Reiner's warm human comedy tells their stories by showing the same crucial events from both their points of view. He returns to the time of his "Stand By Me" with the same endearing insights. Rating: Four stars. Continuation of the brutal life of France's most notorious criminal, who survived a year series of bank robberies, kidnappings, prison breaks and murders. Vincent Cassel makes him brutal, ugly, powerful and inscrutable. Winner of French Oscars for best director and actor. Vincent Cassel stars in a hard-boiled performance as the French criminal who killed on three continents and was in love with his image.
A damn fine thriller. It does all the things I can't stand in bad movies, and does them in a good one.
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Angelina Jolie stars as a CISA agent fighting ingle-handedly to save the world from nuclear destruction. Hardly a second is believable, but so what? Superbly crafted, it's a splendid example of a genre action picture. Directed by Philip Noyce. An astonishingly original and inventive thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a men who infiltrates the minds of others to steal secrets.
Now he's hired to implant one. Ken Watanabe is a billionaire who wants to place at idea in the mind of his rival Cillian Murphy. DiCaprio Assembles a team Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page to assist him, in a dazzling achievement that rises above the thriller level and enters the realm of mind control--in the plot, and in the audience. A sweet and civilized comedy, quietly satirical, about a lesbian couple, their children, and the father the kids share via sperm donation.
When they meet him, they like him, he likes them, and their moms are not so sure. What happens is calmly funny, sometimes fraught, and very human. Directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Once again she's following the same crimes as journalist Mikael Blomkvist Michael Nyqvist , but they don't meet until late in the game as a murder trail leads to old family secrets.
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