Saturday, October 14, 2017
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.
Highly realistic movie, both immigration and gangster drama, convinces as social study and thrills with its suspenseful story.
Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back, when he was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.
Although the story is complex, offered in multiple time leaps and film-in-film sequences, it is less original, but more a homage to the director's love of cinema; as usual with Pedro Almodóvar the movie thrills with its exuberant visual quality and the ensemble's interplay.
Maltin***1/2: "Sinuous, mesmerizing story plays out in two time frames; along the way Pedro Almodóvar pays homage to Audrey Hepburn, Roberto Rossellini, and film noir. He also fashioned another perfect vehicle for Cruz's talent and beauty."
Friday, October 13, 2017
Thursday, October 12, 2017
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener whose marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Heart-wrenching period drama intensely explores the implications of deciding to change one's gender, but at heart the amazing performances of the two leads make this movie a near masterpiece.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret.
Masterful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel is brilliant in all departments and manages to translate the complex relationship to the screen, highlighted by the perfect performances by Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.
Maltin***: "Wasikowska is well cast...Exquisite but restrained interpretation rests largely on its talented leading lady's shoulders. Screenwriter Moira Buffini has juggled the chronology of the novel but retained its dramatic power."