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  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    ★★★

    Whether it's due to a sudden reemergence of interest in the topic or mere coincidence, Ben Is Back (2018), the latest film by director and novelist Peter Hedges, is released soon after Beautiful Boy (2018), both of them focused on stories about the consequences of teenage drug addiction in middle-class families and starring two of the newest and most sought-after actors of today: Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet, respectively. The immediate comparison between both titles is inevitable for they share…

  • Summer of 84

    Summer of 84

    ★★½

    Summer of '84 gets the 80s vibe, aesthetics and atmosphere on point with a functional synthesised score ‒that might be too incessant for its own good‒ and a couple of good characterisations, but the story drags a lot during the second act and struggles to take off after establishing the main conflict. By the time the third act arrives, the script has already got too careless and rushed to make full sense of whatever it was trying to say, doing…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    Still processing this... I did like it a lot but it also left me stranded with something akin to anger and frustration due to my own disdain for most of its characters (save the wonderful Cleo, portrayed by a stunning Aparicio in her film debut), my own lack of connection with pretty much everything and the hideous era it portrays. I do believe its true power relies on its discourse on womanhood during the 70s in Mexico more than anything…

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★½

    Powerful, deep and quite dark despite its simplicity and minimalistic runtime, Ma vie de Courgette is a compelling stop-motion animated film that strikes hard and fills the heart with a combination of joy and sadness, as the clever script manages to touch all the right places. It's more of an adult film than a film for young children, as the obscure and gloomy aesthetics and themes surrounding Courgette's actions and friends overpower any young appeal it may have. Nevertheless, I…