Tag Archives: 2010s

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Straight outta Compton (2015) Conventional, slightly jumbled, engaging – a heady concoction of black anger at institutionalized racism, musical career skills, and youthful lack of impulse control. Partly fictionalized and heavily sanitized, as Hollywood biopics have an unfortunate tendency to … Continue reading

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The revenant (2015) Leonardo DiCaprio finally earns his Oscar by proving he is as good an on-screen sufferer as Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis, or indeed pretty much anyone. Otherwise, this is rather straightforward revenge fare – and very far removed from the factual events. … Continue reading

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The big short (2015) Welcome to the world of subprime mortgages, collateralized debt obligations, and credit default swaps. It is fast, slick, fragmented, male, talkative, rude, ironic, cynical, confusing, tongue-in-cheek – and deeply deplorable. An equally fascinating and revolting look … Continue reading

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Spotlight (2015) – How do you say no to God? A convincing testimony to the importance of strong, free, professional press, with local investigative journalism looking its best. Conventionally made, which in this case isn’t a problem since nothing but the truth (slightly dramatized, … Continue reading

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Bridge of spies (2015) Paranoia, prejudice, propaganda. This is a morality play if ever there was one. Democracy with a capital D against the menacing Reds, plus idealism against realism on several levels. Delightfully oldfashioned in everything from tight-knit story, … Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Force awakens (2015) Episode VII is often embarrassingly similar to the first movie of the franchise, though of course updated in everything from story details and tempo to gender issues and SFX – even if the latter were actually … Continue reading

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Saul fia (2015) Depicting the »Sonderkommando« jews forced to help facilitate Holocaust hell, focusing on the hungarian Saul Ausländer. With teeth-clenched and numb determination amidst deadly chaos, he takes on an impossible and seemingly meaningless mission – a significant ritual … Continue reading

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