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  • Official Secrets

    Official Secrets

    ★★★½

    Do you wanna know what I really appreciated about OFFICIAL SECRETS? It wastes no time asking the insipid question of "was Katherine right to leak government intelligence to the public?" The movie is unashamed both in its being pro-whistleblower and in its condemnation of the US-UK invasion in Iraq spurned on by the lies of the Bush and Blair administrations. (You'd think that'd be a pretty low bar to pass but it's 2019 and we've still got bootlickers crawling about…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★

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

    TL;DR: THE NIGHTINGALE is a haunting and brutal story about an Irishwoman and Aboriginal man fighting against institutions that have taken everything from them (English patriarchy and colonization, respectively.) It'd be a near masterwork if it was a bit more cognizant about the Aboriginal perspective in the narrative.

    Assuming you haven't already been made aware by its reputation, THE NIGHTINGALE is an incredibly brutal film with multiple depictions of violence and rape against women (including an Aboriginal woman), the casual…

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ½

    The absolute peak of redundant, purely market-driven remakes. There are no meaningful deviations from the original story-wise, so all you're getting with this "live-action" take is photorealistic effects that, while technically impressive, suck all vibrancy and personality out of the characters and musical numbers while distracting you with how wooden the characters' faces are.

    Oh, and they didn't include "He Lives in You," so that's an entire star lost in itself.

    EDIT: Wait, you mean to tell me that they recorded a rendition of "He Lives in You" for the soundtrack but deliberately didn't include it in the movie itself? Sorry, that's another half a star.

  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    JOHN WICK soundly avoids being a drop in the bucket of mediocre one-man-army revenge films thanks an intentional sense of style and an unexpected eye for world building. The film is often compared to a graphic novel, and that’s no stretch—the film is rife with subtle hints to adventures of years past, and with small touches that hint at a world much larger than the story we’re confined to. Fellow Letterboxd user DirkH said it best when he called the…