This based-on-a-true-story courtroom thriller still makes a balter of Sorkin’s electrifying rhythm with his star-studded cast even when it’s toned down.
Retreading some familiar elements with a subversive story from Ainun’s POV, the third Habibie & Ainun movie might be important if only it’s not weighed down with the character’s over-glorification.
It’s surprising that the New Queer Cinema pioneer, Todd Haynes’ (Velvet Goldmine, Carol) new movie, Dark Waters, is a clinical legal thriller—a frigid whistleblowing drama in the fashion of Oscar-winner, Spotlight. Starring in it is Mark Ruffalo, portraying a real-life […]
In Midway, director Roland Emmerich quenches his aviation fetish with a World War II blockbuster. While places and people might not be at their most accurate position in this retelling of the battle that practically changes the course of the […]
Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) distills Shakespeare’s historical epic, Henriad, into a 140-minute, star-studded movie. Michôd co-writes the scripts with Joel Edgerton (also stars and produces) concocting elements from at least three plays, namely Henry IV, Part 1, […]
The story of Perburuan spawns during the moment of captivity. Pramoedya Ananta Toer silently and secretly wrote the manuscript in his dark, damp cell during post-independence aggression by Dutch. The narrative, however, sets during the late period of Japanese occupation, […]
Bumi Manusia a.k.a. This Earth of Mankind by Pramoedya Ananta Toer with other titles dubbed as Buru Quartet has long been sanctified as one of the most important Indonesia’s literature. Conceived during the political exile in Buru Island (hence the […]
Review: As timely and important than ever, Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit makes an unsettling yet poignant film about racism-induced Afro-American uprising in Detroit circa 1967. While Bigelow presents downtown Detroit riot in Hurt Locker fashion where smoke soaring high and dusty […]
Review: In Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan reenacts a pivotal WWII moment dubbed as ‘Operation Dynamo’ a.k.a. ‘Miracle of Dunkirk’ as an epochal non-victorious, non-Americanized spectacle in only 106 minutes—making it his shortest but also most precise and concise tenure among his recent […]