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  • I'm Your Woman

    ★½

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  • The Wonder

    ★★★

  • A Most Violent Year

    ★★★

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  • The Wonder

    The Wonder

    ★★★

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

    Once again, Pugh carries an entire film. The story is interesting but thin and drags a bit as Room writer Donoghue revisits familiar territory (a mother and child's need to escape an abusive home). I wanted to know more about the all-male council and their vague saint-based agenda. (What are the stakes? Are they all on the same page or not?) The romance is also underdeveloped (Was there any sexual tension before the hookup?) and the soundstage bookends are very high-school stage play (the gimmick worked better in Scenes from a Marriage). Tasty ingredients but needed more time in the oven.

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year

    ★★★

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

    Chandor does a nice job of channeling James Gray via the setting, tone and cinematography. Strong performances too but the story is still underwhelming, mostly because Abel's rivals are so thinly sketched. How are we supposed to figure out the true culprits of the attacks when we know so little about the suspects? Are we supposed to know that Abel is borrowing money from a competitor? Should we know about chemical fuel stamps before Abel's a-ha moment? The payoff moments would be more impactful if there were more informative setups.

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  • 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.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★½

    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.