Despite being dragged to the theater like many unwitting boyfriends, husbands, and parents, Disney’s live-action reimagining of its now classic animated feature “Beauty and the Beast” is nothing short of magnificent.
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“Lion” is a beautiful portrayal of an extraordinary true-to-life tragedy. Separated from his family at a young age, Saroo as played by Dev Patel, decides to journey from his adopted family in Australia to find his biological relatives in India.
Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s stage play “Fences” does not justify its jump to the big screen. The acting is impactful and the direction is serviceable, but the dialogue, plot, and setting does not feel like a film at all.
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“Hidden Figures” is the most traditional film of all nine Best Picture Nominees. However, it is an excellent film despite a few minor missteps. Nearly all of the elements at play, from the writing to directing are exceptional, but the music leaves a lot to be desired.
“Moonlight” is my favorite film of the past year and, possibly, the past ten years. If not for “La La Land,” I firmly believe that “Moonlight” would have easily won the award for Best Motion Picture. “Moonlight” is a realistic, subtle, and heartbreaking look at the life of a black homosexual man, but it is also a revelatory analysis of hope, loss, triumph, and tragedy.
“Hacksaw Ridge” is the bloodiest religion propaganda film of the past decade. The reigning king, “The Passion of the Christ,” was also directed by the same “Traditionalist Catholic” who employs the subtlety of a lead brick, dull messianic characters, and buckets of gore. Mel Gibson’s latest film is head-shakingly awful and proves that he is nothing more than a hack.
“La La Land” will win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture this year. Regardless of your preference for or disinterest in musicals, Hollywood is in love with itself. In line with “Birdman” and “The Artist,” “La La Land” is a movie about the dreams of stardom that Los Angeles conjures. Unsurprisingly, it is also a great film.
“Manchester by the Sea” is a good movie and sometimes a great one, but you will feel empty once the credits roll. While that is the point of Kenneth Lonergan’s darkly comic film, this undeniable emptiness keeps me from lauding “Manchester by the Sea” as a masterpiece or anything close to it.