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Cinema, Home Entertainment, Theatre, The Arts. Quality. Entertainment. Intelligence.
Cinema, Home Entertainment, Theatre, The Arts. Quality. Entertainment. Intelligence.

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PAPILLON ★★☆☆☆
D: Michael Noer.
S: Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Yorick van Wageningen, Roland Møller, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson.

A pointless remake. There is continual déjà vu. Inferior in almost every way to the 1973 Steve McQueen version.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/papillon.html

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THE MERCY ★★★☆☆
D: James Marsh (Man on Wire, The King).
S: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott, Simon McBurney, Mark Gatiss.

For all the creative talent behind and in front of the camera, THE MERCY has turned out to be a mediocre affair wasting psychological promise.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-mercy.html

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HOSTILES ★★★½☆
D: Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart).
S: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Q’orianka Kilcher, Adam Beach, Wes Studi.

This might have been an excellent Western, but squanders revisionist potential.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/hostiles.html

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JUPITER’S MOON ★★★★★
D: Kornél Mundruczó (White God, Delta, Johanna).
S: Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai.

The best superhero film of 2017, by a country mile, is a Hungarian action-thriller about a Syrian refugee being hunted by the authorities.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/jupiters-moon.html

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DOWNSIZING ★★☆☆☆
D: Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways, About Schmidt, Election, Citizen Ruth).
S: Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Hong Chau, Udo Kier, Rolf Lassgård, Christoph Waltz.

Christoph Waltz steals. Some humanistic ideas, but what's up with the comedy Vietnamese character?!
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/downsizing.html

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LOVELESS (Nelyubov) ★★★★½
D: Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan).
S: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Yanina Hope, Marina Vasilyeva.

Atmospheric. Gripping. Charged. Deeply despondent. Five for five from director Andrey Zvyagintsev.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/loveless.html

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THE SHAPE OF WATER ★★★½☆
D: Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth).
S: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer.

Feels 1980s, e.g. STARMAN. Sally Hawkins is the key to watchability. Needed another gear.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-shape-of-water.html

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THE BREADWINNER ★★★½☆
D: Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells).
S: Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif, Ali Badshah, Noorin Gulamgaus, Kawa Ada.

Did not need story within story. Main thread strong enough. An absorbing political animation.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/the-breadwinner.html

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ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. ★★½☆☆
D: Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler).
S: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Tony Plana, Amari Cheatom, DeRon Horton.

Bizarre, but not in a good way. Muddled, but ambitiously so. Rotten justice system analysis and character crisis.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/roman-j-israel-esq.html

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI ★★★½☆
D: Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths, In Bruges).
S: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Clarke Peters, Kerry Condon.

Director Martin McDonagh still has not reached the potential promised in his excellent cinema debut, IN BRUGES.
My review: http://www.filmaluation.com/three-billboards-outside-ebbing-missouri.html

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