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  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★½

    Filmmakers often struggle with the portrayal of gay characters. They mostly fall into two categories: the funny sidekick that we don’t take too seriously or the man or woman that struggles with his or her sexuality.

    Luckily that is slowly changing. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a gay character for whom it’s not an issue who he likes. Simon is mostly blocking his own path. He is close with his parents, he loves his sister and he…

  • Darkest Hour

    Darkest Hour

    ★★★★

    In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman), who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

    Review: After the audio visual spectacle “Dunkirk”, there is “Darkest Hour”, an opposite in the theaters. The same historical turning point, but a smaller film with a more intimate setting. And director Joe Wright exchanges the harsh realistic…

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  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

    In Shawshank prison, the inmates are doing serious time. Through the eyes of prisoner Red, we follow the story of Andy Dufresne who comes to Shawshank in 1947 for murdering his wife and her lover. Red and Andy become friends. Based on a story by Stephen King, the life in prison is a metaphor to real society. The prisoners settle for a life at Shawshank, they stop dreaming so nothing can get worse than it already is. The big guys…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★½

    Film # 10 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge
    Task # 19: A film featuring twins or conjoined twins
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    In “The Prestige” we follow the lives of two magicians, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden. We meet them as they are trying to learn the art of magic. During one of their acts, something goes horribly wrong and the two allies become enemies. Everything is about the Prestige of the trick: what’s the other’s secret? How does he do…