What’s this ? After escaping his ultimate transport to the afterlife, the soul of a jazz pianist returns to Earth, accidentally flanked by a sarcastic new soul, who rejects human experience.
How is it ? The director of the brilliant INSIDE OUT continues his exploration of the essence of the human being with this new opus, even richer in metaphysical and psychological reflections. Apart from the sometimes moralizing message, the exercise fascinates, as much by the astonishing complexity of its story as by the mad invention of its animation and its graphics.
Available exclusively on Disney +
Midnight in the universe (The Midnight sky)
American science fiction drama directed by George Clooney
Starring George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo.
What’s this ? Shortly after a cataclysm wiped out the world’s population, a cancer scientist, left alone in the Arctic with an abandoned girl, does everything possible to prevent the crew of a spaceship from returning to Earth.
How is it ? George Clooney signs an ecological fable with noble intentions, but devoid of originality. The story recycles the clichés of the genre, the production is neat but not very inventive and the actors are solid in roles that are not very rich. Despite two or three highlights, this beautiful dark and frozen object leaves the viewer with an unfinished impression.
Available on Netflix
The Mission (News of the World)
American Western directed by Paul Greengrass
Starring Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel.
What’s this ? In the aftermath of the Civil War, a demobilized captain who had become a traveling newsreader crossed Texas to bring back to her uncle a reluctant orphan of German origin, who had been kidnapped and then raised by a Native American tribe.
How is it ? This first western career for Tom Hanks makes him find Paul Greengrass, who directed him in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. Solid in a tailor-made role, Hanks forms an endearing duo with Helena Zengel, perfect as a tame savage. Filmed in large and grandiose settings, the story however lacks suspense and highlights its humanist message.
In video on demand
Pieces of Woman
Canadian psychological drama directed by Kornel Mundruczo
Starring Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn.
What’s this ? Her home birth having ended in dramatic fashion, a young Bostonian continues her life stoically, unresponsive to the pain of the father of the stillborn baby and impervious to the pressures of her controlling mother, who wants to sue the midwife in court.
How is it ? Shot in Montreal – barely made up for the occasion – this sensitive drama by Hungarian Kornel Mundruczo (WHITE GOD) stands out for its opening scene, a shocking sequence shot of nearly half an hour, and for its interpretation nuanced Vanessa Kirby (the series “The Crown”). Less by its scenario, forced at times, and its final, very conventional.
Available on Netflix
La Route des Indes (A Passage to India)
British moral drama directed by David Lean
Starring Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft.
What’s this ? In India, in the 1920s, a young Englishwoman befriended a Muslim doctor, with whom she went to visit caves in the mountains. But during this excursion, she lives a curious psychological experience, which leads her to accuse her guide of attempted rape.
How is it ? The director of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO signs here an intelligent adaptation of the novel by EM Forster (HOWARDS END). The clash of cultures and the problems of colonialism are treated with nuances, through an illustration of refined classicism. So in her debut, Judy Davis (HUSBANDS AND WIVES) is remarkable in the lead role.
Irish sentimental drama directed by John Patrick Shanley
Starring Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Christopher Walken.
What’s this ? In Ireland, the tribulations of a farmer secretly in love with her neighbor, a kind but clumsy boy, whom her father wishes to disinherit for the benefit of an American cousin.
How is it ? John Patrick Shanley (DOUBT) returns to his Irish roots with this adaptation of his play “Outside Mullingar”. Alas, the picturesque interludes and the aerial shots on a green Ireland of postcards do not make us forget the theatrical and verbose character of the story, with vague stakes.
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