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Jane Campions “The Power of the Dog” captures and expands on the themes present in Thomas Savage’s original novel Score 95%

Jane Campions “The Power of the Dog” captures and expands on the themes present in Thomas Savage’s original novel

Rose’s decline after he arrival at chez Burbank is quite the plunge. Dunst, however, is so good, so heartbreakingly real, that she makes it all believable. An actress who has been superb in so many movies, gliding back and forth with ease between lead and support, this is the role that finally gets Dunst her due and, hopefully her first Oscar nomination.

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“King Richard” fits Will Smith like a glove but it’s Aunjanue Ellis as wife Brandy who walks away with the acting honors. Score 70%

“King Richard” fits Will Smith like a glove but it’s Aunjanue Ellis as wife Brandy who walks away with the acting honors.

The role is a bit of a cliche, but Ellis invests it with such power, love, and grace that you never doubt her character.  And she has a few wonderful heart-to-heart moments with Smith. Slowly but surely, she walks away with the acting honors. But kudos must also be given to Jon Bernthal who plays the sisters second (Tony Goldwyn plays their first) professional coach, Florida-based Rick Macci.

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Parallel Mothers is Almodovar’s crowning  achievement and features the performance by a lifetime by his leading lady Penelope Cruz Score 100%

Parallel Mothers is Almodovar’s crowning achievement and features the performance by a lifetime by his leading lady Penelope Cruz

However, it is doubtful if Almodóvar could have achieved these heights without the transcendent performance of his leading lady Penelope Cuz who like her director does the best work of illustrious career playing Janis, a single woman pushing forty who is about to give birth to her first child.

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It is Hat-Trick, as “Drive My Car” wins Best Picture from the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) following its triumphs in NYFCC and LAFCA.

With the announcement of the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) choices, ‘Drive My Car” has now won the Best Picture award from all three major critic groups. This is quite an achievement and with its additional awards for Best Director, .Best Screenplay and Best Actor, it now stands an excellent chance of being Oscar nominated for Best International Film, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and to become the 11th Foreign Language Film to be nominated in the Best Film category following in the footsteps of…..

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Ryusuke Hamagushi’s hypnotic three hour movie goes by in the blink of an eye. Score 95%

Ryusuke Hamagushi’s hypnotic three hour movie goes by in the blink of an eye.

Drive My Car” is, at once, a very literary and a very cinematic movie. It is a movie about grief. How our lives can be destroyed by grief but also how we can accept grief and live with it. It is based on the titular short story by Haruki Murakami interweaved with a second Murakami short story “Scheherazade”. The former originally appeared in Freeman’s Biannual while the latter was originally published The New Yorker.

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