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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★

    The film is fascinating in certain ways and may require more than one viewing. It is loaded with symbolism and allegorical representations. If it has a weakness, it may be that it tried too hard on embedding so much symbolism in each scene. At times it is difficult to focus and exhausting in certain respects. From my view, there is a lot of political commentary, biblical allusions, musical and film references. You might need to be a 1960s expert to…

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year

    ★★★½

    A drama about a business upstart in the heating gas business in 1980s New York City. The performances are well delivered. The story as a whole is less than satisfying, but sufficiently intriguing. The main weakness is that the story itself is not stellar and the viewers do not get the kind of access that would require total investment in the characters. Part of the drawback is the number of story lines that are mixed into the pot. Ultimately, there…

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  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow

    ★★★½

    A fun science fiction mix of Groundhog Day and alien movies. Cruise plays a military man in charge of the media department who suddenly finds himself labeled a traitor and sent to the front lines of the war against an alien invasion. Good humor and action throughout the film with provocative questions about identity, time and free will.

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    Children of Men gives us a dystopian future where society has descended into chaos, but still continues to fulfill daily tedious tasks. We see the main character, Theo, walk into his office where everyone is crying because the youngest person was killed in the streets. On a typical day, he would just sit at his desk despite the violence outside. In need of money, Theo is drawn in by his ex-girlfriend to lead another woman to safety. This proposal draws…