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The Circle (2017/I)
disappointing, 7 October 2017
5/10

The film has a narrative which is uneven, if not rushed. Several notable scenes (such as the one in which Mae's ex-boyfriend makes a run for it while being pursued by camera-toting people and drones) make the impression of being forced and artificial. The best moments in The Circle are the cerebral ones: Bailey's pep talks and the inner circle's brainstorming sessions. Mae's on-line odyssey – from obscurity to fame to desirous of a moment's solitude – might have been more interesting if it had been given time to develop. The Circle has a schizophrenic feel. In the end, it's not easy to decode what the precise bottom line is beyond the rather boring refrain of "loss of freedom is what it is paid for greater connectivity."

seems like a series, 23 September 2017
6/10

There's an abiding sensation of inevitability running through the story, as if all the events that occur were predestined because of systemic rot. "Shot Caller" isn't the type of movie that would use the phrase "prison-industrial complex" but that works in the end to its advantage as its implications live in its bones. There's a casual brutality at play but it never feels grotesque. The actual mechanics of "Shot Caller" are not strong but in the end there's a clean and functional direction. In the end the flick shows a bloody story, a lot of violence and half-hearted climaxes that never once have any lasting impact whatsoever.

25 out of 39 people found the following review useful:
TomCruise at his best, 3 September 2017

A great story perfectly representing those years and with a stunning performance by Tom Cruise. I would say one of the best movie ever, in this genre, which is midway between a CIA based film and a biopic one. Barry's narration, delivered direct to camera, takes the form of a series of clips from a fuzzy home video supposedly shot in the mid-1980s, laying out the historical background in a dense fashion (he pretends at one point to confuse two countries) which seems most directly indebted to Adam McKay's The Big Short. The biggest coup is the casting of Cruise, who functions as a pure icon, recycling all his usual mannerisms – the grin, the hand gestures – and even revisiting his past as a pilot in Top Gun. The catch is that his depthless showboating for once seems intended as anything but likable.

Dunkirk (2017)
1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Original perspective for a war drama, 8 August 2017
7/10

The film convinces as a period drama, though some soldiers, who should look pinched and ration-fed, are well nourished and handsome. Yet the story works, with the action swelling like a wave, then suddenly delivering a slap in the face. From above, we see a pilot ditching his damaged Spitfire in the sea, and the procedure runs smoothly; later, another flier does the same, and we stay with him as he lands. A tumult of water rushes toward him and fills the cockpit at alarming speed, while he batters on the canopy above, which refuses to slide open. Smoothness, viewed from another angle, collapses into the roughness of panic. All becomes darkness and deluge. Humans turn into creatures of the deep. A pale hand flickers like a fish. The cast is overall strong, with Murphy giving a convincing performance, though not that long in terms of time.

Dunkirk (2017)
3 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
Original perspective for a war drama, 7 August 2017
7/10

The film convinces as a period drama, though some soldiers, who should look pinched and ration-fed, are well nourished and handsome. Yet the story works, with the action swelling like a wave, then suddenly delivering a slap in the face. From above, we see a pilot ditching his damaged Spitfire in the sea, and the procedure runs smoothly; later, another flier does the same, and we stay with him as he lands. A tumult of water rushes toward him and fills the cockpit at alarming speed, while he batters on the canopy above, which refuses to slide open. Smoothness, viewed from another angle, collapses into the roughness of panic. All becomes darkness and deluge. Humans turn into creatures of the deep. A pale hand flickers like a fish. The cast is overall strong, with Murphy giving a convincing performance, though not that long in terms of time.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
original and perfectly acted movie, 18 July 2017
7/10

In this seductive British drama Michael Fassbender plays a young father and member of a Traveller family caught in a very tricky situation. The language is rich with slang ('gorgies' are people who live in houses), and you realize this is a movie made by someone knowing the territory. Their accents may not be perfect but the duel between father and son, with violence just underneath the surface, is extremely convincing. There are serious themes at play: family conflict and the inheritance as well as rejection of values. The film also delivers fun with details like hiding from a police helicopter under a cow or joyriding in tiny cars through estates both council and gentry. It's a teasing celebration of outsiderdom without being an endorsement.

2:22 (2017)
15 out of 26 people found the following review useful:
just original and nothing more, 2 July 2017
6/10

A story about mysterious set of events that continue happening to one man at 2:22 every single day. Michiel Huisman stars is an air traffic controller from New York losing his job after experiencing a weird flash of light causing him to blank out at 2:22. The plot tells about his experiencing more and more weird events at the same time after he meets a woman, played by Teresa Palmer. This appears being quite a unique idea for a film story overall it's not easy to understand what is exactly going on. Is it the movie the stars or about this guy? Is it something else? The full cast includes Sam Reid, Maeve Dermody, Remy Hii, and Simone Kessell. To sum up an original idea but the result is nothing more than a barely decent entertainment.

Barely a decent movie, 21 June 2017
6/10

Many of the relevant details in this story come from flashback sequences out of the courtroom. As a result, the memories are assembled into a clear hierarchy that's less about how these memories work and more about giving a clear plot framework. The cast of "The Whole Truth" is convincing on the whole, the best being probably Belushi but R. Zellweger very good as well. Maybe the final twist leaves a little to be desired but the story holds water on the whole. Not an extremely original court movie but well acted and directed.

18 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
very strange without a note..., 1 June 2017
5/10

Why making a doc regarding a music album (one of the best known in music history) without having the music? This film about The Fab Four must cope with this lack and the outcome is disappointing, totally. With no access to songs and films of them in the studio, the result isn't pretty, given that the stories have been told, written and explained million of times. Things thus standing a much shorter footage might have been enough. On the other hand that's the 50th anniversary and another movie had to be expected after the Ron Howard's one but this one is only for Beatlemaniacs.. overlong also the finale devoted to Brian Epstein's death.

The Dinner (2017/I)
10 out of 20 people found the following review useful:
more suitable for a play than for a movie, 18 May 2017
6/10

The effect is mostly theatrical. The Dinner would make a good play but for all the time and place offered by one evening this adaptation of The Dinner is a film, a thriller, with scenes in the restaurant over a night when the family's cousins commit a heinous crime. As soon as the audience gradually learns the nature of the boys' act the story establishes effectively the link between the parents' pretensions to civility and the guys' descent into barbarism. What is more difficult to fold naturally into this charged cinematic scenario is the sprawling psychological back story of the novel. Extremely similar to an Italian movie featuring a different finale.


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