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  • Deepwater Horizon

    Deepwater Horizon

    ★★★★

    The quality of summer blockbuster we need, even if we don't deserve it.

    What a shame that more people didn't go see DEEPWATER HORIZON in cinemas, because this is the real deal: a stellar disaster film that people will enjoy when they discover it on Netflix or TV months from now. I highly recommend it. *

    * As does Barry Jenkins of MOONLIGHT, apparently. He loves this film so much he's seen it four times.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★

    An interesting portrayal of how legacy is constructed and memory is flexible. A neat performance by Natalie Portman who truly slips into that accent and iconic dress. Both Billy Crudup and Peter Sarsgaard are fierce foils. The cinematography is the most accomplished aspect, evoking long-ago newsreels and right-now frenzy with the same authenticity.

    Yet, something about this film is underwhelming. I'll look back on it as an exercise I admired, not an experience I adored.

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  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★

    Many people deride those who actively follow the Oscars and/or those who get dismayed when a film they like is ignored by the AMPAS. "How are the outdated views of a mostly old, white, and male electorate pertinent to what you believe to be great art?!"

    SELMA is the epitome of why I follow the awards season and feel the Oscars are important. It's hard to put into words how much attention Oscar glory showers on a film and how…

  • Befikre

    Befikre

    A truly awful piece of filmmaking that has a nasty streak of misogyny and jingoism attached.

    Aditya Chopra should maybe get a female writing partner to check him from committing crimes against his female characters. How the script turns Shyra's freewheeling nature into a Cool Girl ™ who is dependent on the male lead's social schooling and how it plays her slut-shaming for earnest drama are jaw-dropping in their regressiveness.

    This is one of those films whose box-office failure makes me happy.