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Fences

It will be touted as progress, if the film adaptation of “Fences” manages to grab a bunch of Academy Awards nominations next month. But I have to state well ahead of that near inevitability, that it’s absolutely not what I was looking for when I supported the #OscarsSoWhite campaign at the ceremony for 2015’s nominees. […]

KUBRICK @Feature #13: 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut

Is Kubrick’s last official feature incomplete? Sure…all of us hardcore fans realize that. Oh, the marketing in 1999 assured us that Stanley had turned in his final cut, just days ahead of succumbing to a massive heart attack in his sleep at the age of only 70. But we all knew that Kubrick would tinker […]

A Monster Calls

Well, of course I was bawling by the finale of J.A Bayona’s “A Monster Calls”. It’s just that I feel like I’ve been manipulated again (see 2012’s “The Impossible”). Is there any way not to be effected by nearly two hours of a sweet, angry, young boy, losing his mother to cancer? And renowned actors like Felicity […]

Loving

Against all odds, there’s not a hint of violence in it. And I could’ve sworn I smelled it coming, more than once. Even a mid-film car accident is realized off screen…plus the victim survives! Yes, “Loving”, the latest (and most atypical) feature from writer/director Jeff Nichols, works hard to avoid its television drama trappings. It […]

Sully

An obvious, mostly uninteresting hagiography, seemingly cut from the Ron Howard playbook of making something out of nothing. Except “Sully” wasn’t directed by Mr. Howard, it was helmed by the prolific Clint Eastwood. And with his fourth biopic in 5 years, even he must have realized that he had a thin layer of material. 2011’s […]

Don’t Breathe

It’s phenomenal. And after grossing over 150 million dollars, against a 10 million dollar budget, you can officially categorize it as a sleeper hit. I should’ve known. Shame on me, for underestimating this when first seeing the trailers a few months back. I have to stop doing that. Some of these low-budget horror films, that […]

The Girl on the Train

I was wary of the trailers alone. “The Girl on the Train” movie is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, by Paula Hawkins. And, apparently, it’s been read by every suburban housewife in the country–another blaring warning sign. “Gone Girl”, a 2014 David Fincher film, based on the book by Gillian Flynn, […]