Based on the story by Karen Rinaldi, Maggie (Greta Gerwig) desires to endure single parenthood; however, she falls in love with the married man John (Ethan Hawke). Meanwhile, the duo destroys John’s marriage to Georgette (Julianne Moore).
The performances are delightful, particularly by Gerwig and Moore. “Maggie’s Plan” provides a conventional romance comedy narrative and some witty jokes. Unfortunately, the arrangement is a disappointment. C
“The Lobster” demonstrates love is complicated.
According to the laws of The City, singletons visit The Hotel to discover a romantic partner in forty five days and otherwise, the human is transformed into an animal. David (Colin Ferrell) follows the directions, escapes the Hotel, and encounters the Short Sighted Woman (Rachel Weisz).
“The Lobster” is a unique yet strange and depressing film; however, it provides many ideas to nibble on for several days afterwards. You may ponder the oddest notions during the film. Yet Ferrell and Weisz provide perfect performances in the midst of the bizarre situations.
“The Lobster” proves some independent films are an acquired taste. It targets a specified, offbeat viewer to warn you beforehand. The mainstream audience may dislike this film.
Love is usually a win-win situation; although, it is a no win circumstance here. Travel to the 2000s. B+
Independent cinema is mostly superior to the mainstream counterpart. Not to mention, it consistently provides sudden surprises, such as “The Meddler”.
The New York City widow Marnie (Susan Sarandon) follows the daughter Lori (Rose Byrne) to commence a new life in Los, Angeles, California. Marnie establishes relationships with Zipper (J.K. Simmons) and Freddy/Fredo (Jerrod Carmichael).
Sarandon, Bryne, and Simmons deliver astonishing performances and chemistry. You are invested in the authentic characters. No one acts stereotypical and it eventually tugs on the heartstrings to the point you may be happily sobbing.
Meddler definition is to involve oneself in a matter without invitation; however, the perfectly endearing yet slightly predictable narrative is anything but. “The Meddler” examines family conflicts – parents are protective to the children. The brisk duration time frequently feels terse. The score and tunes (particularly by Chance Bone) are brilliant.
“The Meddler” is an overlooked gem. Do not neglect and appreciate family. A-
“Eye In The Sky” is a perfect example of an astonishingly executed thriller, thanks to the director Gavin Hood.
Military officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Dame Helen Mirren) supervises the drone operation to capture terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya. However, Alia Mo’Allim (Aisha Takow) enters the kill zone, which triggers an international controversy concerning the modern warfare consequences. Colonel Powell allows Lieutenant General Frank Benson (late Alan Rickman), Steve Watts (Aaron Paul), Carrie Gershon (Phoebe Fox), and Jama Farah (Barkhad Abdi) to perform the mission.
Mirren and Rickman deliver singular performances. The supporting cast provides equally brilliant performances.
“Eye In The Sky” is tense and relevant. It allows you to ponder the current warfare and its consequences. Most thriller films are shoot em’ up without social and political relevance. “Eye In The Sky” is ethically pertinent from start to finish. Every frame allows some reflection. The flawless editing and pacing and the powerful score complement the smart story.
Despite “Eye In The Sky” remains in the genre confines, it is a unique drone warfare thriller. B
“Hello, My Name Is Doris” is an excellent example why I support independent cinema. Hidden gems are discovered during the mainstream cinema diversion.
Based on the short film “Doris and the Intern” by Laura Terruso, a self help seminar inspires the sixty something Doris Miller (Sally Field) to romantically pursue the younger co-worker John Fremont (Max Greenfield). Dr. Edwards (Elizabeth Reaser) assists Ms. Miller with the hoarding problem. Ms. Miller's close family and friends are Cynthia (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Todd (Stephen Root), Vivian (Isabella Acres), and Roz (Tyne Daly).
“Hello, My Name Is Doris” proves Ms. Field is one of my favorite actresses. She provides a career defining performance and dominates the screen from start to finish. The supporting cast delivers equally brilliant performances, even in the small roles. Reaser, McLendon-Covey, Acres, and Daly may subtly surprise you.
Despite I did not see the short film, “Hello, My Name Is Doris” is consistently delightful and hilarious. The comic timing is natural and spot on. However, you've seen the story previously and it is unique to a certain extent. The editing and pacing are seamless; although, I would’ve loved to spend another thirty minutes with Ms. Miller and Mr. Fremont.
Still, “Hello, My Name Is Doris” boasts an impeccable story and undeniable performances. Indeed, you cannot overlook this indie gem. B+
Former Gymnastics Bronze Medalist Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) coaches the upcoming gymnastics star Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson) during 2004. Father Stan Greggory (Gary Cole) and Mother Janice Townsend (Cecily Strong) provide the necessities and support the ambitions to their respective children. Ben Lawfort (Thomas Middleditch) is Ms. Greggory's love interest.
~Brilliant performances, particularly by Rauch.
~Authentic chemistry between Rauch and Richardson.
~Few natural chuckles.
~Consistent editing and pacing.
~Typical yet predictable success story.
~Attempts to achieve its full potential, but accomplishes the third place medal - the Bronze Medal.
While "The Bronze" is consistently entertaining, the conventional narrative and the restrained comic moments hold it back from receiving the Women’s Gymnastics Gold Medal. B
“Anomalisa” is an exemplary stop-motion film, which seizes you from the opening sequence to the final frame.
Author and customer service specialist Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) travels to Cincinnati, Ohio for a business trip and meanwhile, connects with Lisa Hesselman (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Stone reunites with Bella and interacts with hotel personnel (Tom Noonan).
The voice work is exquisite. It digs deep beneath your heart and ultimately, shatters you bit by bit. The resplendent animation is meticulous, not to mention a very elaborate sex scene (indeed, uncomfortable for some).
“Anomalisa” is unconventional and mesmerizing. It allows you to ponder your existence – asks what is our purpose in life and why do we interact with people, which this component enables you identify and emotionally resonate with the characters. I can describe myself as ‘Lisa’ – shy and restrained, but only let certain people in my life. It is one hour and thirty minutes, which is brief as I would’ve loved to hang out with Lisa and Michael for at least another hour.
It is a dream come true – a film where adults can recognize their being and purpose without feeling guilty. “Anomalisa” is cinema at its finest; nothing will be able to surpass it in a long time. A
“45 Years” astonished many people and indeed, I belong to the crowd.
Based on the short story “In Another Country” by David Constantine, Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) prepare to celebrate the forty-fifth wedding anniversary (hence the title) and they receive devastating news via letter, which alters the course of the lives.
Ms. Rampling definitely deserved the Academy Award nomination for the role in the film. She provides an astonishing performance, which dominates the screen so much that Courtenay remains in the background. However, Courtenay delivers an equally marvelous performance. The supporting cast lacks prominence yet executes fine performances.
“45 Years” may feel like a Lifetime marital film; however, it is not in the slightest. It is subtly powerful via overlooked approach. The screenplay is marginally weak, so it relies on the performances to narrate the narrative.
Despite “45 Years” is deliberately paced, it boasts exemplary performances by the two leads and undeniable potency. B
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