British biographical drama directed by Simon Stone starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James.
What’s this? At the dawn of World War II, a young widow commissions a self-taught archaeologist to excavate her estate in Surrey County. The researcher discovers there artefacts that question the foundations of official British history.
How is it? Based on a lived story, this classy drama, on the march of history and the fragility of passing time, interests but rarely fascinates, by dint of diluting its subject in secondary intrigues. There remain the solid pleasures of an intelligent drama, at the crossroads of James Ivory and Terrence Malick, carried by the impeccable Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan.
Available on Netflix
American adventure drama directed by Jude Weng starring Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson.
What’s this? When their mother returns to her native Hawaiian village to watch over their ailing grandfather, a brother and sister from Brooklyn take advantage of their summer on the island to search for a legendary treasure.
How is it? This soft variation on THE GOONIES attempts to merge a treasure hunt, family drama and reflection on transmission. A vast program that the film treats without finesse, with starched dialogues and arbitrary action scenes. In short, this FINDING ‘OHANA is a pure consumer product, staged and interpreted in a barely adequate way.
Available on Netflix
American column directed by Richard Linklater starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke.
What’s this? From six to eighteen years of age, the life of a boy in Texas with his older sister and their divorced mother. The sorrows, the joys, the moves, the changes of school, the boy experiences for the first time everything that builds a life.
How is it? A unique cinema experience, shot over a period of 12 years, BOYHOOD brings together the two obsessions of the director of BEFORE MIDNIGHT (youth and the passage of time) to compose a touching odyssey of everyday life. The film is carried by a natural and fluid staging, as well as by inherently endearing performers.
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American drama directed by Fisher Stevens starring Justin Timberlake, Ryder Allen, June Squibb.
What’s this? On his release from prison, an ex-footballer returns to live in Louisiana with his grandmother, where he gets a job as a janitor and is the protector of a effeminate boy neglected by his drug addict mother.
How is it? Variation on the redemptive motif of man and child (ABOUT A BOY, ST.VINCENT), PALMER goes through all the known stopovers of the genre. With address however and a kind of melancholy, which is expressed by the competent and quiet realization, as well as in the flawless tandem formed by Ryder Allen and Justin Timberlake.
Available on APPLE TV +
Australian drama directed by Glendyn Ivin starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver.
What’s this? After an accident paralyzes her, a former surfing champion sinks into depression, then finds a taste for life in contact with an injured magpie that her children brought home, and that she put on in duty to care.
How is it? Adapted from a bestselling novel based on a true story, this reconstructive tale narrowly avoids pathos. Predictably, the scenario leaves room for some welcome fantasies, staged without much originality however by the Australian Glendyn Ivin. Touching, Naomi Watts dominates a rather quiet cast.
Available on Netflix
LET’S PREPARE TO STAY TOGETHER FOR AN INDETERMINAL TIME
Hungarian sentimental drama directed by Lili Horvat starring Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodo, Benett Vilmanyi.
What’s this? A neurosurgeon gives up a dream job in New Jersey to start a new life in her native Budapest with a compatriot she met at a convention. But when the latter claims not to know her, she comes to doubt the reality of their meeting.
How is it? Natasa Stork’s powerful performance (seen in WHITE GOD) and Lili Horvat’s atmospheric directing fuel an intriguing and gripping psychological suspense about the mirages of love and the validity of perceptions. Alas, the disappointing outcome comes close to wiping out the entire company.
In video on demand on the website of Cinéma Beaubien online
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7116