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  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    Sure, the racial politics and social message isn't very deep or explored in any particularly groundbreaking manner, but it is a charming movie with two excellent performances, and it has got its heart in the right place. A perfect recipe for a crowd pleaser, which is what this movie is aiming for. There is very little subtlety in the movie, from the script to direction, to musical cues, and even acting (Viggo, especially, is a siren of a New Jersey…

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots

    ★★★

    I did not expect Saoirse Ronan to get head in this movie. Not a criticism, just an observation. A commendation, even. But I digress.

    The inspired casting of Margot Robbie and Ronan as rival queens is an intriguing prospect and they are at the top of their game, and elevate this movie to more than your average period drama. Ronan is especially having a great run these past few years, even though this movie did not do particularly well, critically.…

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  • 1987: When the Day Comes

    1987: When the Day Comes

    ★★★½

    There's nothing like a well made political thriller. A true story full of government overreach and injustice, and the resistance by ordinary people to undo that. As a non-South Korean I was not aware of this story at all, and found it very interesting, and highly relevant.

    This was really well made, fast paced and full of interesting characters, keeps you hooked till the end. The cinematography is especially gorgeous. While I liked the first half much more than the second half, and the ending does stretch a bit, overall I enjoyed the movie a lot.

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★½

    To quote BoJack Horseman:
    ...look, for a lot of people, life is just one long, hard kick in the urethra

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  • Kill Your Darlings

    Kill Your Darlings

    ★★★½

    Dane DeHaan. This kid has a bright future, if he keeps making good choices. I didn't think anything could make me want to see The Amazing Spider Man 2, but now I am looking forward to it due to DeHaan's presence.

    Anywho, he is not the only star of the movie. A rendition of the origins of Beat Era, this has a who's who of literary names: Allen Ginsberg (who takes the centre stage here with a tremendous performance from…

  • Philomena

    Philomena

    ★★★★

    I am gonna be honest. I didn't have high expectations from this movie. I thought this would be a weepy, sentimental and sappy drama, with a couple of strong performances. Not my cup of tea. Instead, it turned out to be a thoughtful, emotional, if somewhat a little weepy, but highly touchy dramedy, with two performances that definitely elevate this based on facts story. Judi Dench is really, really good. And Steve Coogan is having the best year of his…