From once-secret art during post-war repression
To open appreciation of Tom’s artistic expression.
Well-acted, but too safe/clean.
Pool party cops (subverting our assumed impression).
Seal taking on every gig. Oh, his hubris: ‘How can I lose?’
Not much under the hood here, as we follow each deal & schmooze …
(Hiding out; night in a cell;
In cahoots with gov and cartel)
… But it’s entertaining, thanks to the reliably charismatic Cruise.
A few years of Marx at the time of his youth.
Some of his contemporaries think him uncouth …
(Much impassioned, intellectual fighting).
With Engels: seminal writing.
A somewhat genteel portrait of Karl developing his truth.
PM Churchill doesn’t want the past’s mistakes repeated …
And the allied leaders’ discussions get quite heated.
Strategies are debated
(Trying to avoid the ill-fated).
Poignant scenes: when the black dog makes him feel defeated.
A remarkable, still portrayal from Nixon (such depth in her eyes).
Superb screenplay (so many laughs: an unexpected surprise) …
Drawing room scene (Aunt E’s visit)
Is particularly exquisite.
A masterful film from Davies (and so complex, re: familial ties).
Chastain is commanding, in her fearless depiction
Of Antonina, in this extraordinary story (non-fiction):
Amidst a multitudinous atrocity,
An enormous act of generosity.
Superb visual elements: from beauty and light to dereliction.
Poison bigot Irving makes outlandish libel claim
Against Lipstadt, serving to fuel his dubious fame.
Compelling true drama (court).
Hare’s screenplay: mostly taut.
Weisz: strong. Wilkinson: shines when Rampton takes aim.
Due to local marriage laws (with racism ingrained),
The Lovings are cruelly arrested and detained.
Two great leads play subtle and stoic,
Rather than brow-beating heroic …
In Nichols’ film that’s (at times, to a fault) restrained.
Here’s the historic story of an initially hidden
Love that when eventually outed is forbidden.
Some terrific rousing speeches,
And a central couple that teaches
Determination (their treatment: discrimination-ridden).
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).