Posts Tagged ‘film review’

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Allan Karlsson has a passion for just two things: drinking and blowing things up with explosives. This combination results in his life, quite serendipitously, intersecting with those of General Francisco Franco, J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project on the nuclear bomb, Harry Truman, Josef Stalin, Ronald Reagan, and Herbert Einstein, Albert’s extremely dim bulb of a brother. For part of the time he also stumbles into becoming a Cold War double agent, working for both the CIA and the KGB.

This film is riotously funny. …

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The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013)

Beauty and the Beast: Feminist or Fraud?


(Guardian Film) – Zoe Williams:

Has Disney really turned Beauty and the Beast into a feminist fairytale? Or is it all just posh frocks and women’s work with a slice of Stockholm syndrome thrown in? We delve beneath the furry facade. …

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Personal Shopper


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

Kristen Stewart is outstanding as a haunted fashion-biz assistant in Olivier Assayas’s enigmatic ghost story and quarterlife character study. …

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Personal Shopper

Get Out


(Guardian Film) – Lanre Bakare:

Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed low-budget shocker Get Out became a surprise hit and showed viewers a terrifying look at the fractured myth of a post-racial US. …

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Get Out, 2017 film

Smart Heroines


(Atlantic Culture) – Lenika Cruz:

Movies about brilliant scientific or mathematical minds often focus on their subject’s ego – not so with a new film about three African American women who worked at NASA in the ’60s. …

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Hidden Figures, 2016 film

Snowden Review


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives an intelligent, alert performance as whistleblower Edward Snowden, in Oliver Stone’s best work since the 90s. …

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Snowden, 2016 film

Edward Snowden – Terminal F


(Conspiracy Guys) – Neil Rochford:

In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents revealing the NSA’s project PRISM, the largest surveillance program and attack on civil liberties ever made that collected the phone and email activity of millions upon millions of people. This film documents the aftermath and his attempts to evade capture by U.S. authorities, culminating in his arrival in Terminal F in Moscow thanks to the help of WikiLeaks members and journalists. …

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Edward Snowden - Terminal F

Rogue One


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

Felicity Jones’s fugitive, hunting for the plans to the Death Star, is a tousled-but-game female lead – just one of many classic Star Wars motifs in Gareth Edwards’ exhilarating spin-off. …

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Miss Sloane’s Washington Is Rotten to Its Core


(Atlantic Culture) – Sophie Gilbert:

Jessica Chastain stars in John Madden’s chilly drama about a feared lobbyist’s fight for gun control. …

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Miss Sloane

Arrival’s Hope for Humanity


(Planetary Blogs) – Jason Davis:

Based on the trailer alone, I thought Arrival was mostly about a band of alien ships arriving on Earth, our resulting attempts to communicate with them, and the threat of a global war. This is certainly the core of the film, but the storyline shares equal time with a second plot: the personal story of Louise Banks, a brilliant linguist played by Amy Adams.

It’s risky for a sci-fi movie to pull the viewer into an unexpected commentary on the human experience. If the message feels heavy handed, hastily constructed, or cheesy, it can sink the rest of the film.

For me, The Arrival didn’t do that. …

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Arrival, 2016 film