First a depressing tale of how for decades young American gymnasts were abused within the US Olympic training programme – emotionally by coaching staff, and sexually by team doctor Larry Nassar; then an uplifting tale of standing up and being survivors not ‘just’ victims. Strong documentary by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk.
Can’t quite figure this out – biopic about Churchill narrowed down to his becoming Prime Minister through to Dunkirk. It’s all about him wrestling with his conscience, arguing with Halifax’s faction, and having imaginary sojourns to hear from The Common People. I mean it’s sort of well acted, in the sense that every actor appears to have chosen a tic or a speech impediment and stuck with it, but it does seem incredibly wedded to creating an ahistorical myth which is, in today’s climate particularly, perhaps not very helpful. Director Joe Wright previously did Hanna, which I rather enjoyed. Gary Oldman mumbles a lot as Winnie, Kristin Scott-Thomas is the most accomplished of the cast as Clemmie.
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All The Money In The World
Ridley Scott’s Spacey-erasing picture about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson Paul. Michelle Williams is pretty good as mother Gail, Mark Wahlberg is a security consultant brought in to negotiate with the ’Nrangheta kidnappers. Christopher Plummer is, of course, excellent as the billionaire douchebag. Nothing outstanding.
The Endless Game
Spy drama written and directed by Bryan Forbes, adapted from the novel by Bryan Forbes, featuring the wife of Bryan Forbes (Nanette Newman)…
Not truly terrible, but very slight, derivative (more than a hint of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, and not a great use of a strong, mostly veteran, cast (Albert Finney, George Segal, Ian Holm, Anthony Quayle, Michael Edwin, John Standing, Kristin Scott-Thomas).
My Neighbor Totoro
God I love this film.