Tag: Joaquin Phoenix

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Colette: ** ½
The Sisters Brothers: ****

Two recent films both had the misfortune of being tagged as “tonally uneven” by a number of publications.[1] The first, Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, is a biopic of Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), a fin de siècle Frenchwoman who ghostwrote novels for her husband Willy (Dominic West). In Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, on the other hand, two sibling assassins, Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix), are ordered to track down and kill a prospector (Riz Ahmed) during the California Gold Rush.

Even though both Colette and Sisters can be described as tonally inconsistent, this condition doesn’t affect the two films in the same way.

Reviews - New Releases/Festivals

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*** (out of 4)

As a filmmaker, Lynne Ramsay has never shied away from gruesome material. Her first two features, Ratcatcher and Morvern Callar, respectively depicted garbage-infested slums and the aftermath of a suicide. Seven years ago, moreover, she achieved instant notoriety with We Need to Talk About Kevin, a film about a mother whose son kills several classmates at school. Now, in You Were Never Really Here, Ramsay has decided to tell the story of Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) – a lonely, hammer-wielding hitman who gets hired to rescue a 14-year-old girl named Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from an underage prostitution ring.

Reviews - New Releases/Festivals

Gladiator

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In ancient Rome, the satirist Juvenal seethed about the pervasive influence of “bread and circus.” 2,000 years later, Gladiator clearly shows that his words have a long way to go before they sleep.

Reviews - DVD/Streaming