Hacksaw Ridge ***1/2

The golden tone of the first half of the film (some may say corny) contrasts with the viceral hell of the battle on the Okanawa island. Yes, it loses a 1/2  star for the Christ like images – 3 1/2 *

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Silence ***

I have been silent for some time now myself. I wanted to like this film more given how long it has take to get to the screen. I wish Adam Driver was the star instead of Garfield and Liam Neeson, as always,  does not deliver the emotional impact of his character’s suffering. 3*

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The Girl on the Train

On a Saturday afternoon in Rome (on my own), it happily passed a couple of hours of my time but Tate Taylor needs to watch how competent directors handle this type of genre. One of the most annoying thing was knowing in advance about the controversy over her mascara. ⭐⭐1/2

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American Pastoral

Apparently the book is meant to be a literary masterpiece but it is yet again Ewan McGregor and his damn frustrating American accent and as a result his acting always suffers. It’s very melodramatic and doesn’t deliver the emotional punch it ought to. Therefore, ⭐⭐1/2

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Genius

Its intentions are literary but it fails literally in that you do not really care or connect with the two central characters and I think the lead actors were miscast – ⭐⭐1/2

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The Hollars

It had good intentions (it wants to be meaningful) and it’s a nice little film but ultimately it would look fine on TV and therefore, ⭐⭐1/2  

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Hell or High Water

Good old proper cinema – just see it. I was going to give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 but Alan reminded me that there were too many contemplative Sunsets shots with the two brothers and therefore, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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