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I Am Not Your Negro (2016 Documentary)
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Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. (93 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck
“ NEVER HAS A FILM HAD SUCH AN IMPACT ON ME. THE GUILT FELT BY ME WAS INTENSE AND MADE ME WONDER WHY I DID NOT DO MORE. I STOOD IDLY BY SOCIETY WAS SO UNKIND AND INTOLERANT OF THOSE WHO WERE IN SO MUCH PAIN. THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL OF US AND SHOULD BE PAIRED WITH 13TH.
Raoul Peck's transcendent documentary takes a kaleidoscopic journey through the life and mind of James Baldwin, whose voice speaks even more powerfully today than it did 50 years ago.

Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary. It’s a meditation on the prophetic brilliance and the very being of James Baldwin, the African-American writer who was more than a “great thinker” on race — he was the prose-poet of our injustice and inhumanity (and our humanity, too). He saw more than anyone, and he wrote it all down, in essays and novels and plays and poems that were so far ahead of where his society was at that it may only be now, 40 or 50 years later, when he can truly be heard. The times have caught up with his scalding eloquence. ” - sharmatt
 
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Churchill (2017)
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96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. (105 mins.)
“ IT IT WERE TRUE, THEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AMAZING, BUT ITS FALSEHOODS MAKES IT A BAD FILM ” - sharmatt
 
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Wonder Woman (2017)
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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (141 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
“ A HORRIBLE SOPHMORIC MOVIE THAT SHOULD NOT BE SEEN BY ANY OF MY READERS. ” - sharmatt
 
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Beatriz at Dinner (2017)
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A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. (82 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
“ BADLY MADE FILM BUT THE DEPICTION OF A RUTHLESS DONALD TRUMP CHARACTER IS ITS ONLY REDEEMING FEATURE. ” - sharmatt
 
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My Cousin Rachel (2017)
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A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. (106 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ FASCINATING CLASSIC STORY TOLD WELL WITH PERIOD ENVIRONMENT.SETS, PERFS, TOG, ALL OF THE HIGHEST LEVEL
It's easy to pre-condemn period pieces – like, say, this take on famed author Daphne du Maurier's 1951 throwback potboiler – as yet another droning Masterpiece Theatre snorefest. Except when they work, of course – and My Cousin Rachel works just fine, thank you. Credit Rachel Weisz, who's just the dynamite actress needed to play a character who could be a misunderstood innocent or a fortune-hunting seductress who could be a cold-blooded killer. How delicious to watch the star keep us guessing.
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Adapted by director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) from the novelist's Victorian-era bodice-ripper, My Cousin Rachel – set along the wave-crashing coast of Cornwall, England – brims over with mystery, suspense and ravishing romance. Yes, there are dull parts, but never when Weisz is onscreen. She plays Rachel, the femme fatale who dramatically changes the life of Philip Ashley (Sam Claflin), the 25-year-old ward of her late husband. The first screen version of the book was released in 1952 with Olivia de Havilland as Rachel and Richard Burton, then 27, in his Hollywood debut as Philip. Burton scored a major success and an Oscar nomination; the film itself didn't make much of dent. ” - sharmatt
 
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My Journey Through French Cinema (2016 Documentary)
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Bertrand Tavernier's personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures. (201 mins.)
“ AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANY CINEMAPHILE IN ITS DIDACTIC EXPLORATION OF FRENCH CINEMA. IT WAS OVERWHELMING IN ITS CAREFUL AND THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE TRULY MAKING IT A 10 PLUS FOR STUDENTS OF CINEMA. SHOWN AT 1 L.A. THEATRE FOR 1 WEEK MAKES IT HARD TO SEE.
s its title indicates, “My Journey Through French Cinema” is personal with a capital “P,” a passionate, opinionated, drop-dead fascinating documentary essay about that country’s film history put together by a clear-eyed enthusiast who was born to tell the tale.

Few people know as much about French film as 76-year-old Bertrand Tavernier, now a celebrated director but previously a critic, publicist, founder of a cinema club as well as a lifelong devotee of the art.

Focused, articulate, fairly bristling with information and insights, Tavernier not only has everyone's work at his fingertips but his fervor is also infectious, making you want to re-see those films you know and investigate those that are unfamiliar.
Acknowledged classics like Jean Renoir's "Rules of the Game" and Jean-Pierre Melville's "Army of Shadows" come under Tavernier's gaze, but he is just as enthusiastic about obscure works like Gilles Grangier's "Gas-Oil" and Jean Delannoy's "Macao, l'enfer du jeu." ” - sharmatt
 
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The Big Sick (2017)
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Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. (120 mins.)
“ NOT ONLY A WELL MADE FILM. BUT ALSO ENJOYABLE SO RUSH OUT TO SEE THIS WONDERFUL MOVIE. WORD OF MOUTH WILL KEEP IT IN THEATRES FOR MONTHS
Few relationships follow a linear path, but even so, The Big Sick chronicles a particularly unusual one. Based on the real-life courtship between screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, it’s a love story with the minor detail of an ugly breakup and the major detail of a severe illness that left Gordon in a medically induced coma. But since real life is so often about more than just a couple debating whether they want to get together or not, it’s also a story of fledgling stand-up comedians, family ties, and the struggle to assert yourself against tradition when it just feels wrong. It’s also a relentlessly funny film, and one of the rare two-hour comedies that sustains its momentum from start to finish. ” - sharmatt
 
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Dunkirk (2017)
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Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (106 mins.)
“ THIS IS A POWERFUL EMOTIONAL FILM THAT SHALL BE REMEMBERED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST FILM CLASSICS EVER NEVER BEFORE HAS THE TRAGEDY, ANGUISH AND SUFFERING OF WAR BEEN SO WELL CAPTURED. MY RATING WAS A 10, METASCORE 94, ROTTEN TOMATO 94-96, VERY HIGH, AND IS A CLASSIC THAT WILL REACH THE LEVEL OF ALL TIME GREATS AND DISCUSSED FOR DECADES. WE ALREADY KNOW THE GENIUS OF CHRISTOPHER NOLAN AND MOVES HIM EVEN HIGHER IN THE OF ALL TIME FILM GREATS. MY FAVORITES OF HIS FILMOGRAPHY ARE MEMENTO AND INCEPTION. SHOULD YOU RUSH OUT TO SEE THIS FILM? ABSOLUTELY NOT! IT IS A VERY DISTURBING FILM THAT WILL WEAR YOU OUT. I WAS MESMERIZED, BUT WELCOMED THE LAST SCENE. I AM PREDICTING BEST PICTURE NOMINATION.....PERHAPS ALSO A WINNER.
A master filmmaker with all the state-of-the-art resources due a man who produces sci-fi and comic book blockbusters turns his attention to history with breathless, stunning results in “Dunkirk.”
Christopher Nolan transforms the legend of Britain’s “miracle” retreat from the Fall of France into a harrowing, immersive blast of Greatest British Generation fear and dread, a thrilling, pulse-pounding experience that is the best film of the summer and an early Best Picture favorite. ” - sharmatt
 
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City of Ghosts (2017 Documentary)
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A documentary that follows the efforts of "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently," a handful of anonymous... (92 mins.)
“ CONFUSING AND DISJOINTED, BUT TREMENDOUS INSIGHT INTO A BAFFLING MYSTERIA ABOUT SYRIA. UNBELIEVABLE FOOTAGE ENHANCED MY KNOWLEDGE, BUT STILL UNSURE OF WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. Matthew Heineman’s return to Sundance after his Oscar-nominated Cartel Land is a triumphant one. Where his previous film was a journalistic masterclass in taking access to the extreme, City of Ghosts instead turns the camera on heroic journalists themselves. In doing so, Heineman may have made the definitive contemporary documentary about the tragedy of Syria, as well as an epoch-defining piece on modern media tactics. The film tells the story of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), a group of citizen journalists who take great risks in documenting and releasing video, photo and written testimony of Islamic State atrocities in their home city. RBSS have been lauded by journalism organisations over the world, and the film opens on the bow-tied activists receiving a standing ovation in New York. However, Heineman resists romanticising RBSS – it’s clear from the first shot in the back of the head we witness, in surreptitious grainy video, that their cause is one of great personal sacrifice. While RBSS might be well known now, the impact on them as individuals isn’t. This is as much a documentary about activists struggling to hold themselves together as it is about Isis terror. ” - sharmatt
 
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An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017 Documentary)
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A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. (98 mins.)
“ THE MOST IMPORTANT FILM OF THE YEAR THAT SHOULD BE SEEN BY EVERYONE ON THE PLANET IF THEY CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE FOR THEIR DESCENDENTS. AL GORE'S ENTHUSIASM ALONE GETS MY 10/10 RATING. PLEASE SEE IT AND LET ME KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. IT IS A DOCUMENTARY SO OSCAR CONSIDERATION FOR A PERF IS OUT OF THE QUESTION, BUT I WOULD NOMINATE THE MAYOR OF GEORGETOWN TEXAS FOR HIS 2 QUOTES 1 BURNING FOSSIL FUEL IS CONTAMINATING AND POISONING OUR ATMOSPHERE. WE SHOULD STOP IT AND HE INTENDS TO MAKE HIS SMALL CITY 100% GREEN. 2 WE SHOULD LEAVE OUR PLANET BETTER THAN WE FOUND IT.
FROM SHARON: Please see this documentary and if you do so, let me know if you feel the same way as Sharon and I do. I am well aware we all have our own opinions and beliefs, that’s why we live in America. We also have the least amount of time on our planet, mother earth, is important for our children, our children’s children and hopefully thereafter to save their/our home…

For those who got it — that is, for those who grasped that the issue of climate change truly is about the survival of the planet, and maybe even the human race — the last 10 years have been a time of galvanizing hope and punishing despair. Both those spirits course through “An Inconvenient Sequel,” which once again features Gore in avuncular lecture mode, as he leads his Climate Leadership Training seminars around the world. But the movie, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (taking over from Davis Guggenheim, who is still one of the producers), also takes the form of a wide-ranging, visually graphic exploration of where, exactly, the planet is now, with Gore as our scientist/preacher/tour guide through everything from surreal weather patterns to the world political stage to the moving issue of photographing the Earth from space. FROM VARIETY ” - sharmatt
 
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Detroit (2017)
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Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel. (143 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ KATHRYN BIGELOW IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST WORKING TODAY. HER HURT LOCKER SHALL REMAIN A CLASSIC FOREVER. HER CLAIM TO FAME IS THE SCREEN INTENSITY THAT PERVADES ALMOST EVERY SCENE AS IS SO EVIDENT IN DETROIT. THE EXCELLENCE IN HER TECHNIQUE IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT THIS AMAZING FILM, THUS MY 10/10 RATING. SHE DIRECTS HER NOT WELL KNOWN CAST PERFECTLY, AND SOME STARS WILL COME OUT OF THESE PERFS.

NOT ONLY IS THIS WELL MADE BUT HAS A VERY STRONG CONTEMPORARY MESSAGE INVOLVING POLICE BRUTALITY, BIGOTRY, POVERTY AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL INJUSTICE. THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL MY CINEPHILES. IF MY RECOMMENDATION IS NOT ENOUGH, THEN CONSIDER METACRITIC AT 79 AND ROTTEN TOMATO AT 88, BOTH VERY HIGH.

Director Kathryn Bigelow, in her first film since 'Zero Dark Thirty,' dramatizes an incident of police terrorism at the heart of the 1967 Detroit riot, creating a drama as powerful as it is timely. At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into the light. But when you watch “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from. Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in the moment, and that’s its power. We’re not watching tidy, well-meaning lessons — we’re watching people driven, by an impossible situation, to act out who they really are. ” - sharmatt