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JUNG_E movie review & film summary (2023)

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“Jung_E” opens with a crawl that explains the setting is 2194. Of course, by then we have long ago made this planet inhabitable, creating man-made shelters to house the remaining factions of humanity. Naturally, these factions don’t all get along, and three have broken off and started a war between the remaining sectors of humanity, a battle that was once led by an incredible soldier named Yun Jung-yi (Kim Hyun-joo). In this vision of the future, consciousness can be downloaded into A.I., and that’s exactly what a team of experts are trying to do with Yun, turning her expertise into a killing machine named Jung_E. However, they keep failing in their efforts as they attempt to virtually recreate the day that Yun died in combat, hoping that if they can map her brain in a way to get past...

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody movie review (2022)

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The editing choices by Daysha Broadway (“Insecure”) are driven by a bare necessity to advance the narrative but not any emotional momentum. Some of her dissonant decisions are unintentionally comedic in an “It’s so bad, it’s entertaining” way, like when Houston’s father threatens his daughter with litigation from his hospital bed—the next cut is to his funeral. And the way that Lemmons stages certain scenes doesn’t cohere with how humans communicate. One sequence, occurring in the singer’s dressing room, sees Crawford, Houston, and Brown discussing business. Rather than cutting between each person, Lemmons stages the trio in a three-shot in which they don’t face each other but stare awkwardly into a dressing room mirror, giving the appearance of them stiffly speaking to ...

Joyride movie review & film summary (2022)

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Reynolds, an experienced editor-turned-director, and writer Ailbhe Keogan thread a thin line between the pair’s heartbreaking confessions and the various bumps on the road. Some detours are funny, some are somber, and a few are a bit off-kilter, like a street parade where people in intimidating burlap costumes dance around Mully at a delayed, dreamy speed. He’s not dreaming, nor under the influence; it’s just a surreal moment, complete with an oversized babydoll head being carried in the street. It’s a bit on-the-nose overall, but not as much as a contrived moment on a plane when Joy is trying to leave, and the passengers rally around her like in a classic romantic comedy. Unfortunately, some of these stranger moments between heartfelt scenes throw off the tone and feel like ideas importe...

Living movie review & film summary (2022)

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The post-World War II London drama “Living” puts Nighy at the center of a story: he plays Williams, the head of the Public Works Department, who receives a terminal health diagnosis and, after a period of shock, begins taking stock in his life and essentially trying to be the best person he can before he goes. It’s a role that calls for subtlety, and director Oliver Hermanus has the right leading man. Williams is an archetypal figure: a bowler-hatted functionary for the state who’s been doing the same thing and living the same life forever. Nighy is 73, old enough to have grandparents who were adults in the 19th century. He seems to understand from firsthand observations that people of different centuries (or parts of centuries) had different energies and ways of co...

The Apology movie review & film summary (2022)

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There are occasional breaks in their conversation, mainly from Darlene’s best friend Gretchen (Janeane Garofalo), who lives a few hundred feet away. But “The Apology” is essentially a two-hander set in a dark and seemingly endless present moment. What starts as a cordial, if slightly punch-drunk, catch-up inevitably becomes a vague and unsettling confrontation. Jack’s needs appear apparent on their face since he can’t stop expressing himself. But this is Darlene’s house, and she isn’t a passive victim. “The Apology” is also a revenge fantasy, so it’s easy to anticipate what comes next. It’s easy to project one’s feelings onto Darlene and Jack’s dialogue, given that so much media coverage of post-MeToo predatory behavior is focused on abusive personalities instead of their many and unde...

If These Walls Could Sing movie review (2022)

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In “If These Walls Could Sing,” McCartney slips nearer to recounting her father’s history with the space. And yet, the documentary, coming to Disney+, captures the soul and the earworm tunes that emanated from the studio’s surroundings with an endearing ease.  Unfortunately, her film falls short of the example set by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier’s incisive recollection of FAME studios in “Muscle Shoals.” While Camalier’s vision thoughtfully parses the mythology, scandals, and music to offer a complete portrait of what made those four walls so special, McCartney becomes too bogged down in purely rendering a jukebox-driven recounting of events.  We get a few biographical notes about Abbey Road: How it was founded as EMI studios, how George Martin became attached to the company, an...

Spoiler Alert movie review & film summary (2022)

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But it’s on one of those dance floors, on a rare night out with a colleague from TV Guide, that Michael meets Kit Cowan (Ben Aldridge), the man who ends up being the love of his life. Kit has everything that Michael wishes he had: Confidence, cool friends, and a muscular physique. And yet, Kit is willing to wait for Michael to let down his emotional walls. Besides, Michael’s not the only one with neuroses—Kit has baggage he has to work through if he and Michael are going to live the monogamously partnered life that Michael, in particular, seems to want.  The chemistry between Parsons and Aldridge is easy and flirtatious, mainly when they engage in witty banter. And “Spoiler Alert” does a good job of showing the lovable side of both of these flawed, vulnerable characters. You can s...

Empire of Light movie review & film summary (2022)

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Colman inhabits Hilary with her customary fullness and impeccable judgment, always putting her energy into conveying the character’s churning, contradictory feelings rather than trotting out the virtuoso tricks and mannerisms that too often signify Great Screen Acting: English Division. When Hilary is at her lowest, with tears in her eyes and lipstick on her teeth, the sight pierces as deeply as seeing someone you know crater in front of you.   Ward can’t match her because the material isn’t on the same level, but he’s still remarkable. His greatest achievement is convincing you that the character has his own inner life that’s as complicated as Hilary’s, even though there’s little in the script to support such a claim. The last 15 minutes nearly undo all the go...

Retrograde movie review & film summary (2022)

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“Retrograde” is about many things, but it’s really about the faces. The cameras linger on the faces, allowing the expressions of suffering, tension, nerves, desperation, to take root or take wing. There is a lot of story here, story the world knows very well. “Retrograde” details the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2021, after a nearly 20-year-long war and/or occupation. “Retrograde” is a deeply mournful film, and the focus on humans is why. Empires march through history and individual humans pay the price. The people of Afghanistan have paid the price over and over again.  The film was shot over the months following the U.S. withdrawal. Heineman and his crew is deeply embedded in the situation, with close access to every private meeting, conversation, traveling ...

Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 5 Review, Thoughts, and Theories

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We’re nearing Yellowstone Season 5’s midseason finale, folks, but Taylor Sheridan is still serving entrees in lieu of the main course. Episode 5 gives us a fairly significant altercation between Beth and Summer, imparts some important life lessons ripped straight from the mind of Rip, and prepares us for a branding expedition that could span several episodes. Let’s get to it! What Worked in Yellowstone Season 5 Episode 5 A fire burns in the distance but has yet to pose a problem. Everyone dismisses the threat, but I wonder if it will factor in later episodes.A flashback shows John and Co. heading off to bring the cattle down from the mountains for some good ole fashioned branding; a plot point echoed in the present day. “No one knows what we do here anymore,” John tells Ri...