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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Original Title: Portrait de la jeune fille en feu
    Year of Release: 2019
    Genres: Historical Drama; Romance
    Director: Céline Sciamma
    Writer: Céline Sciamma
    Main Cast: Adèle Haenel, Noémie Merlant, Valeria Golino, Luàna Bajrami

    Going into Portrait of a Lady on Fire, I knew barely nothing about it, other than the fact that those who watched it were truly enamored by it, and that Céline Sciamma is an acclaimed up-and-coming director. Color me surprised, but this was an absolute wonder of…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Original Title: Gisaengchung
    Year of Release: 2019
    Genres: Dark Comedy; Drama; Thriller
    Director: Bong Joon-ho
    Writers: Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won, Kim Dae-hwan
    Main Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin, Jung Zi-so, Jung Hyeon-jun

    There comes a time in a director’s life where, after having made some movies, they finally tackle a project that they were born to make. Parasite is Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece, a word that I do not use lightly.…

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  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★★

    Original Title: Летят журавли
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    Genres: Romance; Historical Drama; War
    Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
    Writer: Viktor Rozov
    Main Cast: Tatyana Samoylova, Aleksey Batalov, Vasili Merkuryev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Svetlana Kharitonova, Konstantin Kadochnikov, Valentin Zubkov

    During the opening sequence shot in the isolated streets of Moscow, I suddenly remembered that I had already seen that part during a special lecture on the history of Soviet cinema by an expert on the matter. The cinematography alone had stuck with me, and over…

  • Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery

    Original Title: Murder Mystery
    Year of Release: 2019
    Genres: Comedy; Mystery
    Director: Kyle Newacheck
    Writer: James Vanderbilt
    Main Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Gemma Arterton, Dany Boon, Luis Gerardo Méndez, Erik Griffin, Terence Stamp, John Kani, Shiori Kutsuna, David Walliams, Adeel Akhtar, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

    Where do I even begin with this film? The biggest crime that Murder Mystery commits is that it is neither really good and funny nor a total cinematic tragedy. It is a dreadfully…

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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★½

    Original Title: Dragged Across Concrete
    Year of Release: 2018
    Genres: Crime; Thriller; Drama; Dark Comedy
    Director: S. Craig Zahler
    Writer: S. Craig Zahler
    Main Cast: Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Tory Kittles, Michael Jai White

    Zahler continues to impress as writer-director, delivering a third feature film that is grand in scope (sometimes to a fault) and engaging from beginning to end. The multiple storylines are analyzed in great detail before bringing them together in the explosive third act, crafting compelling and…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    Right now I got to tell you about the fabulous, most groovy experience of the year:

    74th Venice Film Festival. The man himself, Edgar Wright, was a member of the main jury. Knowing that, I set out immediately to see him, and on my first day (August 30th) I saw him with the rest of the jury members (including Annette Benning and Rebecca Hall). I was stunned, and stood still, with my mouth wide open. I thought it could never…