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  • Loveling

    Loveling

    ★★★½

    The mother/son storyline seems more sporadic than central, but what really called my attention is the powerful symbolism of the houses - one falling to pieces, one being built with great sacrifice, and another one that has to be sold. Yes, it's one of those movies about "learning to let go", what doesn't mean that there aren't beautiful and emotional moments throughout. Karine Teles has the saddest face in the world.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

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

    It navigates murky narrative territories with tremendous assertiveness and ambition: Neil Armstrong is a bland hero doing an extraordinary feat; the film is a straightforward biopic which aims at reaching allegorical heights; the grand scope of the astronauts' accomplishments has to come hand in hand with an intimate sense of danger and self-sacrifice. Nonetheless, these apparently nighmarish contradictions flow seamlessly in a tense and airtight screenplay.

    Much has been said about Gosling's anti-acting here, and those comments are entirely unjustified.…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    #Berlinale2017

    There are films that, even before you watch them, you know you’re going to fall in love with them. Then, there are also films that when you watch them, you know they’re going to stay with you forever. “Call Me By Your Name”, the latest masterpiece by Luca Guadagnino, falls into these two categories.

    The screenplay, based on André Aciman’s novel, was written by the great James Ivory (also responsible for that other brilliant work of queer cinema, “Maurice”).…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    A sci-fi of ideas that questions the limits of mankind's ambition and intelligence. Clever dialogues, intriguing performances, and a sharp (sometimes cynical) analysis of technology in the 21st century.