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  • Two Is a Family

    Two Is a Family

    ★★½

    An outgoing, womanizing skipper gets stuck with the little girl he inadvertently made with a one-night stand - and he has to learn being a father the hard way. Commercially successful French remake of the Mexican hit "No se aceptan devoluciones" (2013) is ripe for being remade better somewhere else: a formulaic comedy hiding a tearjerking hook, "Two Is a Family" has that kind of sweetness that leaves an aspartame aftertaste.

  • Bedeviled

    Bedeviled

    ★½

    Evil comes to a bunch of teenagers through a smartphone App that gives new meanings to the term "malware". Ineffective and unimaginative teen horror pic might offer some feeble shiver to very young viewers only.

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  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God

    ★★★★½

    Hardly fathomable adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's philosophical Sci-Fi novel lures viewers into a watching tour de force of constant, ever-changing, chaos in motion. A 3-hours, black and white exploration of decay taking place in a muddy, rainy, alien medieval planet where characters wander aimlessly, expel body fluids, and invariably get interrupted even in the most menial tasks. An extraordinary, irritatingly challenging, film experience that requires some radical film-watching commitment in order to be enjoyed.

    Previously filmed by Peter Fleischmann in 1990: letterboxd.com/albertofarina/film/es-ist-nicht-leicht-ein-gott-zu-sein/

  • We All Loved Each Other So Much

    We All Loved Each Other So Much

    ★★★★★

    Three war-time friends, and the girl they all fall for, live through 30 years of Italian history. Originally designed as a homage to Neorealism, a film that grew into a masterful compendium of Italian Comedy. Scola and co-writers Age and Scarpelli pack more ideas into it than most filmmakers produce in a lifetime and yet the film unfolds naturally combining sheer emotion with an accurate (and, to this day, unsurpassed) map of the way the social texture of Italy evolved after WWII. Stellar cast has never been greater. A cornerstone.