A recently-widowed banker reassembles his life. Slight finding-yourself-again flick that does the usual things (wonky almost-romance, child mentor companion), except in a somewhat half-hearted way. A movie built around an idea for a single central scene.
A nerdy FBI agent goes undercover to thwart a fascist domestic terrorism plot. Standard will-he-get-found-out scenes and some clumsy storytelling mar this otherwise proficient thriller, which takes some time to explore a spectrum of neo-Nazi subcultures.
At the end of WW2, a raw recruit is posted to an experienced tank crew as the allies push into the heart of Germany. Brutal and unflinching, this is held together by one of Pitt’s best performances, underscored by some standout photography. Watch it. 🙂
Immaculately produced biopic of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 people during WW2. An incredible tale that falters as a film as you never really connect with any of the one dimensional characters. Earnest, yes, but disappointing. 😐
Early 60s. During segregation and the Cold War, black female mathematicians work behind the scenes at NASA. Hidden Figures is a great crowd-pleaser, deftly telling a civil rights history, a romance, and a race into space story. Highly recommended.
Boston cops track the 2013 marathon bombers. Awkwardly-structured, and mechanically sentimental, but an undeniably effective fictionalised reconstruction. Heartfelt, and with a genuinely mesmerising interrogation scene, the film asks some good questions.