What’s this ? A year after the murder in Istanbul of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his Turkish fiancée and a compatriot, exiled in Montreal, are campaigning for the crown prince, Mohammad Ben Salman, to be brought before the International Criminal Court for having ordered this crime.
How is it ? Bryan Fogel (Oscar winner ICARUS) makes his captivating account resemble a spy thriller. His sense of suspense amazes and his imagery impresses with its richness of invention. Organically inserted into the story, the testimonies are often chilling, especially those relating to the circumstances of Khashoggi’s horrific execution.
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Promising Young Woman
American thriller directed by Emerald Fennell
Starring Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Jennifer Coolidge.
What’s this ? A cafe waitress, who foams bars while feigning drunkenness in order to trap abusers, reconnects with a former classmate who, without knowing it, gives her the opportunity to take revenge on the students who had at the time caused the suicide of her best friend.
How is it ? Interludes of almost adolescent amorous candor stand out in this tense and unpredictable first film by actress and screenwriter Emerald Fennell. Resolutely placed under the sign of the #moiaussi movement, this tale of revenge is expressively staged and benefits from a performance full of poise and daring from Carey Mulligan (AN EDUCATION).
What’s this ? A pastry chef tragically dies as she prepares to open her own business in Notting Hill, an upscale district of London, with her best friend. At first distraught, his family and loved ones will unite to make his dream come true.
How is it ? The original idea of this “feel-good movie” is not lacking in charm. But it is expressed through a simplistic and unsurprising fairy tale, articulated by a very wise staging. In short, this LOVE SARAH has everything of a “soft food” dish, nevertheless populated by endearing characters, defended with warmth.
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Words on Bathroom Walls
American sentimental drama directed by Thor Freudenthal
Starring Charlie Plummer, Taylor Russell, Molly Parker.
What’s this ? Expelled from his college, a teenager suffering from violent attacks of schizophrenia joined a strict Catholic establishment. Her condition worsened, until her mother consented to a brilliant classmate giving her private lessons.
How is it ? This appealing adaptation of Julia Walton’s bestselling novel offers some pertinent thoughts on helplessness in the face of psychological disorders and the social isolation of those affected. Although its course is predictable, the film captivates with the confident direction and enthusiastic interpretation of Charlie Plummer and Taylor Russell.
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No this country is not for the old man (No Country for Old Men)
American crime drama directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin.
What’s this ? In Texas, in 1980, a sheriff on the verge of retirement pursues a psychopathic killer in search of the rascal who stole from him at the scene of a massacre a briefcase containing more than two million dollars.
How is it ? At their peak, the Coen brothers deliver a powerful and vigorous contemporary western, brilliantly adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy, with a good dose of sneering humor. Alongside excellent actors, Javier Bardem is one of the most terrifying killers in the history of cinema.
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Hostile Zone (Outside The Wire)
American science fiction drama directed by Mikael Hafstrom
Starring Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Enzo Cilenti.
What’s this ? Eastern Europe, in the near future. A disgraced American drone pilot is placed under the orders of an intractable android officer. Their mission: to neutralize a Russian nuclear device before the insurgents manage to seize it.
How is it ? This wobbly and eye-catching B-series is propelled by a catch-all and implausible storyline, as well as a realization without subtlety, borrowing its aesthetic from video games. To compensate for this heavy deficit of imagination: some effective action scenes, successful visual effects and the offbeat interpretation of Anthony Mackie.
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 email@example.com 1-800-268-7116