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The Post: Movie Review
Enthralling timeliness about the fight for the freedom of press.
|The timeliness of The Post, set in 1971, is distressing and eye-opening to say the least. The President (Nixon, but not a visible character in the movie) is throwing the 1st Amendment out the window as he’s trying to stop newspapers from publishing the Pentagon papers and banning reporters from covering his daughter’s wedding. Meanwhile the female president of The Washington Post was facing significant gender discrimination where none of the (all male) board members thought she was capable of leading the paper and would say so to her face.||2017 |
Directed by: Steven Speilberg
Screenplay by: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts and Bradley Whitford
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Molly's Game: Movie Review
Fast-talking, smart story of one accomplished woman.
|Molly Bloom was a world-class skier, an academic over-achiever, a woman who built a legal multi-million-dollar poker business on her own wits and intelligence, and now she’s a felon. Molly’s Game is her story - all of her story, or at least the prescient moments from her first 36 years. It’s the highs and the lows and most importantly, how she got there.||2017 |
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Screenplay by: Aaron Sorkin
Based on the book by Molly Bloom
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba
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Pitch Perfect 3: Movie Review
Ludicrous plot doesn’t fit the Pitch Perfect tone.
|Given the poor reception that Pitch Perfect 3 has received, it would be tempting to say the series has gone out with a whimper instead of a bang, but no, the movie literally goes out with a bang. The Bellas are performing on a yacht, Fat Amy comes crashing through a glass ceiling, blows up the boat, and Amy and Beca jump into the water together. How do we get there? Well Fat Amy becomes a fighting ninja, the Bellas get kidnapped by an international assassin, while they’re touring with the USO in Europe.||2017 |
Directed by: Trish Sie
Screenplay by: Kay Cannon and Mike White
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp
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Darkest Hour: Movie Review
A mini-roller coaster of boorish, comic and political statesman.
|As Joe Wright has done in all of his previous films, particularly the period pieces such as Anna Karenina and Atonement, he perfectly captures the style for the setting. In Darkest Hour, it’s a sepia-toned British Parliament, with a hundred men all wearing black suits shouting about their ineptitude to stop the German advances of World War II. It’s May 1940, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is about to resign and Britain, and the world, need a new leader to help them defeat Hitler.||2017 |
Directed by: Joe Wright
Screenplay by: Anthony McCarten
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas
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Lady Bird: Movie Review
Heartfelt, honest and funny.
|Lady Bird is about a lot of smaller ideas, all of which might seem uninteresting to the average viewer, but it so perfectly captures the awkwardness of a teenager coming of age and trying to survive her last year of high school, that there’s a relatable humour and warmth that will echo throughout the generations. Writer and director Greta Gerwig has referred to it as a love letter to her hometown of Sacramento, California, and it’s also about navigating the slightly different social structure of an all-girls catholic school, which Gerwig herself attended.||2017 |
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Screenplay by: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges
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I, Tonya: Movie Review
Uproariously entertaining with astute insight into Tonya Harding.
|Craig Gillespie, director of I, Tonya, opts for a comedic breaking-the-fourth-wall type biopic where characters in mid-action will either deny or confirm what they’re currently doing. When Tonya has a rifle aimed at ex-husband Jeff’s head, she says she didn’t do it. When Jeff slams Tonya’s fingers in the car door, he says he didn’t do it. But you know they did do most of it. The style works for a too-crazy-to-be-true true story.||2017 |
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Screenplay by: Steven Rogers
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser
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