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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…


I need to know what’s inside: Annihilation

Alex Gar­land fol­lows his ex­cel­lent Ex Machi­na with an­oth­er thought-pro­vok­ing sci­ence-fic­tion film, this time to tack­le is­sues like de­pres­sion and self-de­struc­tion…


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…


Without victory there can be no survival: Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Gary Old­man de­liv­ers an­oth­er great per­for­mance but in a su­per­fi­cial film that doesn’t even try to es­cape the typ­i­cal clichés found in so many bi­ogra­phies…


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

Rob Zom­bie sur­pris­es us with an in­tel­li­gent and con­sid­er­ably su­pe­ri­or se­quel only two years af­ter mak­ing us suf­fer through the atro­cious first movie…


More important than America:’ Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

How­ev­er slight, this is a per­cep­tive — and even un­set­tling — doc­u­men­tary that takes a nec­es­sary look at a pow­er­ful me­dia mogul who changed the US for­ev­er…


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…


Like a zombie in a maze: The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman

Gloss­ing over all the con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing the real P.T. Bar­num, this is an over­ly san­i­tized mu­si­cal with no am­bi­tion and made for easy con­sump­tion…