Profoundly moving, self-reflective, intricate work of art.
|This is a filmmaker’s movie, and a cinephile’s movie and an everybody’s movie. The Fabelmans is not just Steven Spielberg’s most personal movie, but also his best movie. Arguably one of the world’s greatest filmmakers has just delivered his greatest work of art. It’s the level of self-reflection and detail in each moment of his 1950s-1960s adolescence that leads to a tale about the power of art in the face of hatred reflecting our modern world.||2022 |
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay by: Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner
Starring: Gabriel LaBelle, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen
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Dive (AKA: La Caida)
Captivating, compelling and important.
|Mariel (Karla Souza) is an Olympic diver. She won the bronze medal when she was 15 and now almost a decade and a half later, she’s trying to get back there for her last chance at gold. Injuries and self-sabotage have plagued her career previously, but now the rest of the world might come crashing down with her. Dive starts with a very minimalistic feel but builds to a compelling and important story.||2022 |
Directed by: Lucia Puenzo
Screenplay by: Monica Herrera, Samara Ibrahim
Starring: Karla Souza
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Comedic thriller and monster movie that goes for the insane.
|When it starts with a crazy hook, and gives an insane premise, I should not be surprised when it leads to an insane movie, and yet here we are. All Eyes is a comedic thriller turned monster movie; fun at times and crazy all of the time, but sure to be memorable which is a feat on its own. It’s a story of a podcaster who goes in search of a crazy story and finds one.||2022 |
Directed by: Todd Greenlee
Screenplay by: Alex Greenlee
Starring: Jasper Hammer, Ben Hall
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|Door Mouse creates a very specific world, but one which is hard to get used to. Mouse (Hayley Law) is a comic book artist and a dancer at a burlesque club. The aesthetic is gritty punk, or neo-noire as marketed. Mouse is poor, lives in the slums, drinks coffee, smokes cigarettes, draws her comics and then goes to work. Rinse and repeat.||2022 |
Directed by: Avan Jogia
Screenplay by: Avan Jogia
Starring: Hayley Law, Keith Powers
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Bad premise, awful comedy and misguided romance.
|Accidental Family starts with a bad premise and somehow gets worse. Its morale of uplifting family values doesn’t add any genuine sweetness that it’s supposed to. It’s an over-wrought romantic dramedy that has poorly formed messages on top of bad acting, awful comedy and misguided romance. One shouldn’t be surprised when a story that starts with the idea “I’ll fake being somebody’s family member in order to get them to fall in love with me” isn’t good.||2021 |
Directed by: Jason Hudson
Screenplay by: Jason Hudson
Starring: Kinsey Leigh Redmond, Justen Jones
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Triangle of Sadness
Brilliant and entertaining social deconstruction.
|If you want to summarize Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness as succinctly as possible, it’s what happens when the rich get bored – disaster. But of course the film is too perfect of a societal skewering to just make fun of rich people. There are three distinct parts. The first focuses on models Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), two people who didn’t necessarily grow up with wealth but their physical beauty has placed them in a bubble where they have to try to reflect and capture the average person.||2022 |
Directed by: Ruben Östlund
Screenplay by: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Vicki Berlin, Woody Harrelson
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Top Gun: Maverick
Nice nods to the original and spectacular action.
|It has been a long time since I last saw Top Gun but I’ve remembered how much fun it is. The first half of Top Gun: Maverick seems to want to recreate all of the individual elements of the original without capturing any of the movie magic, but don’t worry that changes just as quickly as Maverick can change course in an F-18. The final act, their mission, is dazzling. It’s fun, engaging, breath-taking and just really impressive movie-making.||2022 |
Directed by: Joseph Kosinski
Screenplay by: Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren Singer and Christopher McQuarrie
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller and Glen Powell
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|In 2017 when the story of Harvey Weinstein broke and #MeToo flooded headlines, I think we all knew that the Hollywood dramatization would soon becoming. It’s finally here. She Said recounts the story of the two New York Times journalists Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) investigating the decades of abuse by Weinstein and finally getting the ground-breaking article published.||2022 |
Directed by: Maria Schrader
Screenplay by: Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Based on the story by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan
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Where the Crawdads Sing
Stunning visuals and compelling story.
|Where the Crawdads Sing is an off-the-beaten track movie and not just because the lead character Kya (Daisy Edgar-Jones) lives away from society but also because of the way it lingers on the gorgeous cinematography highlighting the beauty in the natural world, and because to understand Kya in the current moment requires knowing everything that has led her here. It’s a gorgeous combination of past and present, the collaboration of art and science all wrapped up in a murder mystery when society clashes with the unknown.||2022 |
Directed by: Olivia Newman
Screenplay by: Lucy Alibar
Based on the novel by Delia Owens
Starring: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith
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