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  • Zola

    ★★★

  • The North Water

    ★★★★

  • Kate

    ★★

  • Operation Finale

    ★★½

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  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★

    Pretty entertaining dramatization of a Tweetfest but the storytelling is uneven (Stefani's counterpoint was randomly inserted) and anticlimactic as it favors plot over character development. It needs an Act 3 for a solid resolution of their personal and relationship issues.

  • The North Water

    The North Water

    ★★★★

    A must-see for fans of The Terror season one. O'Connell (who seems to be aiming for Sean Penn's track record) and Farrell are pretty great and Mullen was a nice surprise. Minus one star for the super abbreviated backstory that could have sustained a full episode.

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

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

    This film will certainly create new Queen fans, but why fabricate a plotline using a clichéd rockstar movie template when there's a true story that's uniquely interesting? Freddie Mercury isn't Dewey Cox. He didn't betray the band by going solo (Roger and Brian did solo projects years before Freddie did; and Roger assisted Freddie's solo effort); the band never broke up; Live Aid wasn't their swan song; etc. Freddie is a one-of-a-kind music icon with an R-rated journey. His legacy deserves more than this sanitized cookie-cutter PG-13 crowd-pleaser.

  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    Holy crap, what a gruesome nightmare event. Riveting storytelling with great style, excellent cinematography, an otherworldly soundtrack and strong performances across the board. This docudrama deserves all the awards. Every single one.