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  • The Descendants

    The Descendants

    ★★★½

    Deservedly earning its adapted screenplay award at the Oscars, The Descendants is a movie about life, rife with its disappointments and delusions. The conversations, situations and the people are all very real. I am robbing it off a few stars for the uneven acting performance by Clooney but even so this is a great movie.

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★★

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

    When I originally logged this movie, I rated it 5 stars and left it at that. Not because I was lazy but because I had no words to articulate what I felt. Yes, this is a movie that was evocative in strange ways. Sensual, scary, sad and moving at different times. In fact, I have watched it twice now. On my first watch, I was transfixed by the fantastic, glorious visuals and couldn't even step beyond this to understand what…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★½

    In this intense movie, all major characters are bathed in large swathes of grey. What stands out for this movie, though, is the utterly sympathetic manner in which each of them is treated. It also covers so many themes that it is astonishing that the director, McDonagh, is able to pull off something so touching, so moving and yet so complete, in one single movie. It is truly a labour of love, this movie and it deserves all the awards, accolades and attention it gets. And more.

  • Loveless

    Loveless

    ★★★★½

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

    Around one-thirds into the movie, what strikes you is how utterly lonely all the lead characters in this movie are. Each one is lost, seeking an elusive, enduring happiness elsewhere. True to its name, Loveless is a hard-hitting (like all of Andrey Zvyagintsev's movies) movie about grief brought about because of the absence of love. Towards the end, you hope for lessons learned and a better life for the leading characters, but just like the treadmill in the last shot, all of them appear to have returned to their love-less lives, albeit with different supporting characters.