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  • Breathe

    Breathe

    ★★★★½

    “Respire” was directed by Mélanie Laurent, who is probably better known as an actress than a director. However, judging from her work here – and as much as I enjoy her as a performer – I think I’d prefer it if she’d step behind the camera entirely – since “Respire” is a truly remarkable film which, after a very charming start, gets more and more oppressive with every passing minute, ultimately culminating in an extremely depressing finale, that nevertheless in…

  • AWOL

    AWOL

    ★½

    Every film festival has the right to one major fuck-up – and in case of Identities 2017, this was it (to be fair, though, at other festivals like Viennale and /slash I saw far worse worst movies than this one). “AWOL” is a dull, convoluted mess of a film that is only barely saved by the performances of its lead actresses, Lola Kirke and Breeda Wool.

    Practically from the beginning, “AWOL” felt rather tedious to me. Both Joey and Rayna…

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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★★

    "Logan" is a prime example of what the superhero genre is capable of if a movie dares to free itself from the restrictive constraints that usually come along with the genre. It's a grim, dark and hauntingly beautiful tale of a lone, beaten and broken wolf on a desperate mission with surprisingly (and pleasantly) downscaled odds. This time, Logan isn't out to save all of humanity, but rather gets one (final?) chance to retrieve his own. With superb performances by…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Of all the screenings that I went to at last years Viennale, “Whiplash” by far got the most cheers and applause. The audience seemed to be in a real frenzy afterwards. Me? I’m afraid I wasn’t quite as taken by it as many others were. It’s a good movie, but I also had some issues with it.

    My main problem with “Whiplash” definitely lies in its ending, and the message it entails. This is one of those movies where a…