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  • Shook

    Shook

    ★★★

    Not bad, but a little messy and uneven. There are some really good moments, but overall it only sort of works. The characters are all unlikeable and underdeveloped. The story has potential, but could have been better executed. Shook delivers mixed results, but is brisk enough and just interesting enough to offer mild thrills and entertainment.

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★★½

    Masterfully directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, this excellent film is about two young lovers separated by war. The cinematography is very beautiful and the performances are great, especially by the lovely Tatyana Samoylova. I had heard a lot of good things about this film and had been wanting to see it for a while, so I'm glad jiraffejustin recommended it. I was not disappointed. The Cranes Are Flying is a must see film and I would definitely recommend it to anyone here who has not yet seen it.

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  • Cuties

    Cuties

    ★★★★½

    I just finished watching the film Cuties (2020) on Netflix. Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, the film stars Fathia Youssouf, as Amy, an 11 year old girl torn between her conservative, traditional family and a group of dancers at school who call themselves the cuties. The film is well written and beautifully directed. This feels like an honest depiction of a girl growing up and trying to fit in. Fathia Youssouf is fantastic, believable, and sympathetic. The other young girls in…

  • The Fisher King

    The Fisher King

    ★★★★★

    Terry Gilliam's masterfully directs this beautiful film about a despondent former radio DJ and his relationship with a mentally disturbed homeless man. Jeff Bridges is excellent in the lead role, with a performance that is layered, humane and believable. Robin Williams gives one of his best performances and brings humour and heart to the role. The screenplay is intelligent, funny and heartfelt. The Fisher King is a wonderful masterpiece that is a joy to watch and has now become one of my favourite films.