MOVIES

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From Havana with glitter and love, it’s VIVA !

Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García and Héctor Medina
Directed by Paddy Breathnach

People walk all over Jesus, partially because he can’t fight back, somehow because he lets them. His best friend is a prostitute who shakes him down for money and hogs his measly apartment to service clients. People have an uncanny ability to not notice him when he walks in a room, unless they need him for something, of course. The gay, femmy son of a famous ex-boxer, Jesus makes ends meet turning ... more >

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CAROL, polished and polite doth not a good film make

Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Kyle Chandler
Directed by Todd Haynes

The praise critics have showered on Todd Haynes’s CAROL gives me pause. Have I seen an entirely different film or is there something in this one that escapes me? A. O. Scott of the N.Y. Times sees CAROL as “fetishistically precise in its recreation of the look and sound of the past.” Sorry, but the fingernails with their bright red polish, the lips with their bright red lipstick, the ... more >

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The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Of course, the historical Hugh Glass, legendary nineteenth-century frontiersman left for dead by his fellows after surviving a horrific grizzly bear attack, never had a half-Native American son. But neither did he violently confront the traitor who left him for dead and murdered the aforementioned imagined son. It’s also improbable that during his journey he was rescued and aided by a lone Pawnee ... more >

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YOUTH | It’s always fantastic when God pitches in as production designer

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino

There is a moment in Paolo Sorrentino’s YOUTH when the aging conductor and composer, played by Michael Caine, stops in a beautiful European meadow to watch the cows. At first we are listening to each dong of a cowbell as a separate sound. Slowly he begins to hear the music hidden inside them. With a bit of imagination, the conductor soon raises a hand to conduct. If the film has a metaphor, this ... more >

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BRIDGE OF SPIES

Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Amy Ryan
Directed by Steven Spielberg

The Cold War, which provides the historical context for Steven Spielberg's new film BRIDGE OF SPIES, is one of modern history's more stupid phases (BRIDGE OF SPIES is based on real historical events), a Thanksgiving Day parade of hypocrites high on reefer-madness paranoia about the other guy. That era gave us doctrines, an arms race, the constant threat of mutually-assured destruction and a movie ... more >

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This MACBETH is crazy

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard
Directed by Justin Kurzel

The storyline of "MacBeth" can be resumed to the following: Macbeth is a man obsessed by ambition. Done! Scotland is in the throes of civil war, the background goes, and the survival of King Duncan's reign depends on one last battle with the loyal Macbeth commanding his troops. DID YOU KNOW? There are 420 different screen adaptations of the works of Shakespeare, including ones made by Akira ... more >

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THE WALK

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon and Guillaume Baillargeon
Directed by Robert Zemeckis

In 1974 Philipe Petit, the French wirewalker, attempted and achieved the impossible. How often can a human being say that? Yes, people are capable of extraordinary feats, yes, there are always more difficult tasks to complete, races to win, higher summits to conquer, new worlds to discover, unknown chasms to explore, masterpieces to create but… I would venture to say that this man truly did the ... more >