Jessica Chastain shines in an otherwise drawn-out biopic
Aaron Sorkin has written many great films such as The Social Network and Steve Jobs. In his directorial debut, he tells a story we tend not to see on the big screen: a flawed independent woman running her own business. However, Sorkin’s obsession with dialogue and writing leads Molly’s Game caught in its own game.
Saoirse Ronan is brilliant in this semi-autobiographical masterpiece by first-time director Greta Gerwig
There are always two sides to adolescence – the one you remember and the one you see in movies. It’s rare for any film to mirror real life, mostly because it’s a messy and often times incomprehensible part of who we are as people. However, here enters Greta Gerwig’s compelling coming-of-age story. With Lady Bird, the famous saying “life imitates art far more than art imitates life” is no longer applicable.
Martin McDonagh balances comedy and dark subjects to deliver one of the greatest films of the year
Gruesome murders, horrific rape, and heartbreaking abuse don’t sound like the next great plot for a comedy. Of course, these subjects aren’t funny in any way, and if a comedy would attempt to make a joke out of abuse or rape, it would certainly be in poor taste. But with Martin McDonagh as the writer-director, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a successful balancing act that features an Oscar-worthy return from Frances McDormand.
Casey Affleck is bedsheet ghost in this hazy poetic exploration of the meaning of life
A film tackling the meaning of life with a cheap Halloween ghost costume doesn’t seem like the best idea ever. Actually, it’s the worst idea I have ever heard. But David Lowery has managed to make a full feature-length film that is never cheesy, funny, or idiotic. A Ghost Story feels very much like a backstage view of the most important film – our life.
Stronger is better than most biopic as it captures realism and humanity
America’s obsession with heroism often leads to big droopy biopics that inaccurately present the person just to fluff up his or her life. For years, this formula has worked bringing in people of all ages to the theatres. However, in all of this nonsense, we manage to lose the essence of how and why people become such heroes and how their lives are impacted by sensationalism. Stronger, David Gordon Green’s latest drama, doesn’t transform Jeff Bauman into a flawless superhero. Instead, Green manages to make something real putting his humanity on full display.
Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut solidifies his style while teaching its viewers about an important subject
Wind River isn’t an easy watch, to say the least. It’s disturbing, distressing, and deals with heavy topics. If you know Taylor Sheridan as a writer, in both Sicario and Hell Or High Water, then you’re familiar with the kinds of themes his latest thriller will explore. As heavy as it is, Wind River is a powerful and bleak story that features strong performances from Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.
Marti Noxon pulls from personal problems to deliver a raw and real drama
It’s not very common for movies to deal with tricky subject let alone deal with eating disorders. I get it, though, it can be tricky to portray this type of sensitive matter in a world obsessed with militant political correctness or the over reactive backlash to the first movement. So, to be so unapologetic as Marti Noxon’s To The Bone is a triumph of its own. A touch of delicacy and emotionality, this eating disorder drama has a healthy balance continuing Netflix’s trend of controversial content.