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The Best of 2019

February 18, 2019

Director: Tom Harper

Screenplay: Nicole Taylor

Starring: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo

Runtime: 100 Minutes

★★★★★

Wild Rose follows the similar kind of musician’s story that we’ve heard before, where young singer and country music fanatic Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) dreams of becoming a Nashville star while trapped within a working-class lifestyle of Glasgow and the responsibilities of having to look after her...

February 5, 2019

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay: James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
Runtime: 122 Minutes

★★★★☆

It's paradoxically difficult yet simple to understand why mainstream Hollywood (more specifically than western) cinema struggles to adapt Japanese anime and manga properties to screen for western audiences. With a...

January 25, 2019

Director: Karyn Kusama
Screenplay: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, Scoot McNairy
Runtime: 123 Minutes

★★★★☆
 

Occasionally the most refreshing cinematic experience that one can have is from seeing an exceptional crew and creative time take a well-worn genre or storyline, and coming at it with an approach that produces an end product...

January 11, 2019

Director: Wash Westmoreland
Screenplay: Richard Glatzer, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough, Aiysha Hart
Runtime: 111 Minutes

★★★★☆
 

Based upon the life of the French novelist Colette (Keira Knightley), this depicts the early years of a young woman who would go on to be one of the most celebrated authors and cultural figures in French history. Watching...

January 1, 2019

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Screenplay: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn

Runtime: 120 Minutes

★★★★☆
 

If The Killing of a Sacred Deer was Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s distilled and terrifying masterwork, The Favourite is Yorgos letting off some steam while never losing track of his own unique sense of dark humour, powered by conflict and destined for great...

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