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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★½

    Watched on Blu-Ray

    I know exactly what to expect from a film by Guy Ritchie on the one hand, and on the other hand I know that the chances to be disappointed by his films are negligible, because not only since his two Sherlock Holmes films, which may not come close to the quality of the BBC series, but are also successful in their own way, Ritchie subordinates himself to a certain credo of style-over-substance, which I like exceptionally well.…

  • City of Ember

    City of Ember

    ★★★

    Watched on Amazon Prime

    For decades, films have been preaching to us that sooner or later life on earth will no longer be as we know it. In most cases, the overexploitation of mankind has destroyed nature, sometimes it is an independent catastrophe that turns the surface into an inhospitable place. The survivors are left with only the possibility to surrender to what little they have, which leads to fierce battles for distribution and a corresponding end-time mood - see…

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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Watched on Netflix

    He gave us Children of Men, one of the most exciting dystopias of all time. He gave us the best Harry Potter movie. And now Alfonso Cuarón gives us his most personal work so far. Roma is nothing but pure life in 2 hours 14 minutes of concentrated form.

    The film breathes authenticity from every pore. Almost documentary and in astonishing technical and visual brilliance, Cuarón portrays the everyday life of two housemaids in 1970's Mexico. Their…

  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★½

    Watched in the cinema

    Well, first of all, I didn't hate Guy Ritchie's live-action version of Aladdin. But I didn't like it very much either.

    Princess Jasmine and the Genie are by far the best about this colorful reinterpretation, which is story-wise and in some scenes also staged very much like the cartoon from 1992, but above all in the characterization of the well-known characters it offers interesting and sometimes really misguided paths.

    Jasmine is staged here just as intelligently…