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  • The Children Act

    The Children Act

    ★★½

    I have not read the book "The Children Act" is based on, therefore I cannot judge whether it is a faithful adaptation – though I assume it is, given that its screenwriter also penned the source material. However, I am confident in calling the work of Richard Eyre and Ian McEwan an unsuccessful adaptation because it made me doubt that there was anything worth adapting in the first place.

    FULL REVIEW: www.facingthebittertruth.com/2018/09/the-children-act.html

  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★★

    It feels like something Hitchcock would have tried, had he worked in the 2010s: a fast-paced thriller in an effectively gimmicky format. I had a great time watching this.

    Full German review: www.facingthebittertruth.com/2018/09/searching.html

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  • Custody

    Custody

    ★★★★½

    "Custody," French director Xavier Legrand's debut feature, is a harrowing 90-minute exploration of the perfidiousness of domestic abuse, in keeping with Margaret Atwood's famous dictum, "Men are afraid women will laugh at them; women are afraid men will kill them."

    Full German review: www.facingthebittertruth.com/2018/09/jusqua-la-garde.html

  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    ★★★½

    Original review: www.facingthebittertruth.com/2018/08/dont-worry-he-wont-get-far-on-foot.html

    In keeping with Danny Elfman's jazzy score, "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" is a freewheeling and messy affair full of competent filmmaking, brilliant moments, and questionable ideas. In short, it's a Gus Van Sant movie.

    Given the maverick director's recent track record, that needn't be a good sign. He made his last good film in 2011 – the critically panned teen romance "Restless" – which was followed by "Promised Land" (2012), generally thought to…