• Queen of Hearts

    Queen of Hearts

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The sex felt authentic, and the motivations were understandable (as 'understandable' as this could ever possibly get, anyway!)

    I liked how it showed that she did have a moral compass, it just wasn't always directed towards her own family...

    I think I missed how Lina found out, though? (Forgive me - I'm currently dealing with Covid symptoms, so my concentration isn't as sharp as usual! Did she find the tapes?)

    EDIT - Never mind; Wikipedia tells me that she saw them together, which I must have missed!

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Best visuals in the DC-verse maybe ever? (certainly in its modern incarnation, anyway!) ... Characters using sea creatures as modes of transport... What's not to like? :-)

  • 365 Days

    365 Days

    ½

    Misogynistic trash.

    The sexual politics of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY are more progressive... That's depressing!

  • Hubie Halloween

    Hubie Halloween

    The kind of Hallowe'en movie that makes you feel justified in waiting until January to watch it... I can think of no more fitting appraisal, than that.

  • Cuties

    Cuties

    ★★½

    Neither a 'good' film, nor a bad one... but definitely unfairly treated by the fuss that's been generated about it.

    In hindsight, were a few of its shots ill-advised, given the subsequent discourse? Perhaps you could dispense with the long, slow pans up a young body (intended, I think, to highlight how frail they are, and not to be titillating) ... and maybe you could cut out the few brief moments of rump shaking - but if you start censoring…

  • The Mauritanian

    The Mauritanian

    ★★★

    It's not bad... but in all honesty, it doesn't seem to cover territory that's all that much different from other films dealing with the same topic ("Rendition", "The Report", "Zero Dark Thirty", et al ... )

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★

    A story that's hard to warm to... but, stunningly made.

  • Dear Comrades!

    Dear Comrades!

    ★★★

    You're only a 'comrade', for so long as you tow the party line ...

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★

    I don't usually like mysteries... but this was a good one.

  • The Way Back

    The Way Back

    ★★★

    It's a decent world-weary performance from Affleck... but the mournful piano score lays it on a bit thick!

  • Night of the Kings

    Night of the Kings

    ★★

    Too fantastical for my tastes... I'm sure some will vibe with it, as it's well made; it just wasn't for me.

    Maybe I just don't understand the culture well enough.

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★

    A good demonstration of the blind panic that war can engender...

    She may never be able to find her place in life, again.