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BAFTAS 2019 : “Roma” and “The Favorite” celebrated, the rest fight for the crumbs

“Roma,” a Netflix production, triumphed on Sunday at the British film awards (BAFTA) by earning the Best Film and, for Alfonso Cuaron, in the director’s chair, the Best Director awards, further cementing Netflix’s unmistakably-strong place in the filmed entertainment industry. Although several Netflix series have won awards, in recent years, Netflix has never known so resounding a victory as ... more >

CANNES DAY 3 | THE LOBSTER

A dystopia in the not-so-distant future
Stars Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Director Yorgos Lanthimos's fourth feature-film, and second one at the Cannes Festival, can be divided into two parts: the first, good one, and the second half, which takes place in a woodsy area. There are trees, lots of them, and people living in them who attempt to alternatively break away from, and comply with, some complicated social constructs governing celibacy and marriage. How does THE ... more >

Oz the great and powerful

Mindmelding 3D storytelling
James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis
Directed by Sam Raimi

It was quite a while ago when Sam Raimi signed off on “Evil Dead,” a fun and uninhibited film that inspired many more and earned its author his reputation. Today, after the mid-air explosion of his Spiderman franchise Raimi turns his creative powers to mythology again with “Oz the great and powerful,” which was released in theaters earlier this month. And at the same time he sacrifices himself on ... more >

Bourne Legacy

Matt Damon left some big shoes to fill. Is Renner up to the task?
Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and David Strathairn
Directed by Tony Gilroy

Watching a Bourne movie not starring Jason Bourne is like watching the Harlem Globetrotters starring the Washington Generals. Over the past months, writer of the last three, and now director of this one, Tony Gilroy and Matt Damon have feuded over the future of this franchise. Damon wants a good script in order to come back. After watching “Bourne 4”, I side with him. Gilroy has stated that ... more >

Dream house

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The Lovely Bones

It's the story of a life and everything that came after
Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg and Saoirse Ronan
Directed by Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’ accomplishes one thing that’s hard to do. I’ve never seen a film in which the foreboding sounds of inanimate objects cause such an emotional stir while the allegedly animate actors cause almost none. In his adaptation of the Alice Sebold novel about a child murder, Jackson’s film does pretty well in re-creating the sights and sounds of 1973, capturing that ... more >