Jackie (2016)

Posted in Biography, Drama, History by - Dec 06, 2016

After the shocking assassination of President Jack,

Jackie won’t settle for just Silent Widow in Black.

Portman’s extraordinary (and the film’s core).

There’s a beautifully haunting score,

And masterful time shifts (the heartbreak of looking back).

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The Founder (2016)

Posted in Biography, Biopic, Drama by - Nov 29, 2016

So Kroc’s a mid-century Faustian figure who’d lean

On morally unsavoury practices to glean

Golden Arches control.

(Surface-level look into his soul).

Highlights: production design and the tennis court scene.

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Posted in Drama by - Nov 18, 2016

Daniel’s health problems: so many challenges to broach.

Because with every welfare system approach …

A bureaucratic nightmare: Kafkaesque,

With a lack of empathy grotesque.

Heart-wrenching social realism from masterful Loach.

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Arrival (2016)

Posted in Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi by - Nov 03, 2016

A mystery dozen arrive, and answers are sought.

Across the world: situations most fraught.

Profound moments. Super-tense.

Adams’ talent: it’s immense.

Lessons (communication; time) beautifully taught.

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The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Posted in Drama, Romance by - Nov 03, 2016

There’s a strong cast here (and it’s beautifully shot),

But this three-hankie weepie suffers from a plot

That’s relentlessly overwrought.

Will karma have them caught?

Much to ponder about repercussions beyond the cot.

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American Honey (2016)

Posted in Drama by - Oct 29, 2016

From Arnold: a captivating, raw journey (with song).

Terrific cast. Lane’s debut: vital, strong.

The viewer: nervously alerted,

But assumptions are subverted.

Only one gripe: at times, it feels overlong.

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Snowden (2016)

Posted in Biography, Biopic, Drama, Thriller by - Sep 22, 2016

Snowden: a whistle-blower re NSA-sanctioned toil.

Some see him as a patriot; some as disloyal.

A lifeless film: no new insights learned

In this story of how he’s burned

And the ensuing shit-storm of a level most royal.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby (2015)

Posted in Comedy, Romance by - Sep 15, 2016

While glamping in the mud (that feels so rough),

Jones meets American Jack (a billionaire; buff).

Or is old flame Mark her cup of tea?

Highlight: Thompson (as her OB).

Fun screwball farce re: Bridge being up the duff.

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Posted in Adventure, Family, Fantasy by - Sep 14, 2016

It’s discovered that Pete has an unconventional friend.

The folks who don’t understand want him penned.

In a lovely way: it’s old-fashioned …

Displays of loyalty (impassioned).

There’s a sweet sincerity here from beginning to end.

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Sully (2016)

Posted in Biography, Drama by - Sep 08, 2016

Hanks: solid as a career pilot faced with a crucial decision.

Then some camps react to his actions with derision

After he takes action (preventive).

The film’s structure: inventive.

The landing recreations: mighty impressive vision.

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