Stronger ⭐⭐⭐ / Maudie ⭐⭐⭐

In-Flight Catch-Up January 2018   #4-5 Less about the Boston marathon bombing itself than about one individual’s road to recovery after the horrific incident took both his legs, Stronger is therefore a less predictable take than you expected but mainly due to the warts-and-all approach the writer and director takes in presenting his story (based on […]

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Darkest Hour ⭐⭐⭐⭐

So soon after the breathtaking Dunkirk last summer, this at first seems repetitious, but if Dunkirk is the visceral and physical re-creation of the tense, against-all-odds military operation that took place, Darkest Hour is the perfect companion piece about the similarly tense, against-all-odds political activities behind the scenes in Westminster, that sets Winston Churchill up […]

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Coco ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Disney has co-opted foreign, i.e. non-Caucasian, cultures for inspiration and materials before and it is a smart and lucrative thing to do especially for the international box office. Coco proves that Pixar can also play that game, but with more sophistication and finesse and thus we have their new animated feature based on the Mexican […]

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Molly’s Game ⭐⭐⭐½

This Oscar season biopic stars Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom who ran underground high-stakes poker games in LA and NYC for a decade before the FBI caught up with her. The film flips between a chronologically told origin story, based on her autobiography, of how she became the Poker Princess for her rich and famous […]

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The Greatest Showman ⭐⭐⭐

The story of P.T. Barnum is once again retold in musical form here by previous advertising director Michael Gracey with new songs composed by the duo behind La La Land, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. And there lies both its problem and saving grace – because it simply doesn’t compare well with La La Land […]

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