Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

A review in 44 words:

Absolutely stellar performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Yet the “history class set to fast-forward” pace of the narrative is ultimately the undoing of the film. We’ve been spoiled by the slow pace of television where political intrigue can unfold over time.

Final Verdict: 👎

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

A review in 37 words:

It glosses over or rewrites history. The music and lyrics seem to spring from the ether. It even has a borderline absurd Hollywood happy ending. Yes, the film is superficial, but you can’t deny that it’s fun.

Final verdict: 👍

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First Man

First Man

A review in 50 words:

First Man is steadfastly focused on Neil Armstrong. Even in space — usually the effects-laden delight — we are often limited to his point of view. It’s only as the film approaches a singular achievement in human history do we get anything resembling ‘epic’. Even then, it shows restraint and focus.

Final verdict: 👍

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Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

A review in 36 words:

Like many "Oscar-bait" films, Darkest Hour features a commanding performance by an established actor. The downside of the "Oscar-bait" film is that everything surrounding the performance is safe, and unoffending—like a padded cell.

Final Verdict: 👍

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