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A highly functioning form of autism: The Accountant

The Accountant

A frustrating crime thriller that could have been great but instead is almost ruined by a third act that suffers from many silly narrative decisions…


This is where your story begins: Arrival

Arrival

Like all great science fiction, Denis Villeneuve’s brilliant masterpiece is a profound philosophical exploration of what makes us humans…


More powerful than any drug: Awakenings

Awakenings

A wonderful film that is sweet and melancholy without being sentimental, with two phenomenal performances by Robin Williams and Robert de Niro…


You are all my reasons: A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

If you don’t mind the fact that this Oscar-winning biography alters the real story considerably, it will certainly be a wonderful experience…


I don’t like to sleep: Before I Wake

Before I Wake

What could have been a great psychological drama about loss and healing turns out to be a frustrating and tonal mess after a promising beginning…


The fumes of the dead are in the air: Black Death

Black Death

Bleak, intelligent and thought-provoking, this unfairly neglected blend of medieval drama and horror should have gotten a lot more attention than it did…


Just close your eyes: Closet Monster

Closet Monster

A beautiful and honest coming-of-age drama that stands out because of its conviction and uses a lot of fascinating symbolism to tackle familiar themes…


Now hold it, just like that: Demolition

Demolition

Despite Gyllenhaal’s praiseworthy performance, Demolition is an unremarkable film that will hardly be remembered in the future as one of Vallée’s finest works…


A cleansing of the wicked: The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil's Rejects

It is hard to believe that this great sequel was made by the same man responsible for the atrocious first movie, which is a surprising improvement…


Knowledge belongs to all: Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

Ciro Guerra creates a powerful film of transcendent beauty about the arrogance of the Western white man in relation to Native American cultures…


We came for a good time: Everybody Wants Some!!

Everybody Wants Some!!

Like a thematic follow-up to Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! is an irresistible film that captures the energy of youth with a lot of nostalgia…


A fastball on the outside corner: Fences

Fences

Like a long filmed play, Fences at least relies on some outstanding performances that compensate for the film’s lack of visual inventiveness…


Just like a paperback novel: 54: The Director’s Cut

54: The Director's Cut

Mark Christopher’s newly-restored original cut is remarkably different from the 1998 theatrical version, especially with regard to what it wants to say…


A void in the stomach: Fire at Sea

Fire at Sea

A striking look at the European refugee crisis whose fly-on-the-wall directing approach lets it build a revealing portrait of two contrasting realities…


Turn around and take off your shirt: From Afar

From Afar

While extremely telling as a visual piece of work, the script is not so consistent, especially as the characters’ motivations become too implausible…


Hate is inherited: Gangs of Wasseypur

Gangs of Wasseypur

An explosive crime saga that runs for over five hours and looks quite stunning and sophisticated for an Indian commercial production…