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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…


Because you’ve never seen a miracle: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

Much more ambitious than the original cult classic, Blade Runner 2049 is a contemplative science fiction that expands the universe seen in that film…


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…


The wind roars up the avenue: A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story

Profoundly melancholy and devastatingly sad, A Ghost Story is a beautiful film about memory, loneliness and longing for something you lost forever…