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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★½

    It's baffling how the wonderment of space exploration is nowhere to be found in this. There's no emotion, no sentimentality, no element to signify the vast plains of space and the grandness that can unfold when travelling as far as the protagonist here does. James Gray somehow manages to concoct a film that is utterly devoid of the excitement that would prop up in an astronomically-inflexed creation, a more pared-down one or otherwise. Ad Astra, in short, is lifeless, dull,…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    Good film, but this feels overacted. The leads are great and seem to do what is asked of them, but there are scenes - especially that one where he punches a hole in the wall before she wails like a banshee all the while jumping during her conniption - that seem outright comical when it is clear that the intent was the opposite. Even so, Driver is fantastic, and there's a scene at the very end of this where he…

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  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    ★★★★½

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

    Romania in the late 80s presents itself with very interesting topics. Having been beleaguered by communism for twenty-something years, those last few knockings of Ceaușescu's mandate were very stern to the population. Indeed, everyone who's lived back then will tell you about the wages and how everyone was obliged to contribute with their work-force, thus resulting in a low percentage of the population being out of work, but I digress. There are lots to talk about here, as what Mungiu's…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan

    ★★★★

    In essence, what Aronofsky dares to cross here is a tightrope - framing ballet isn't easy, plus the undertaking of making it such a compelling yarn is admirable - and he does so valiantly; aided by a plethora of metaphorical undercurrents enveloped by an admonition for perfection, nimbly sparring the viewer through samples of horror only to entwine them with riveting character study and melodrama. There's a certain authenticity about this film, and Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis have all…