99 posts categorized "Biopic"

March 10, 2024

OPPENHEIMER

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ColeSmithey.comCillian Murphy gives an incomparable virtuosic portrayal of the man responsible for creating the Atom Bomb. Murphy’s fierce performance is astonishing for its purposeful sense of moral clarity.

Cillian Murphy remains on a very short list of actors capable of handling such a monumental task.

Here is great character work on display under Murphy’s spotless command. Bradley Cooper stand down. Heads have been cut.

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The overall quality of the film is good. Still the movie is not without its problems of editing, variety of tempo, narrative format, and overuse of black and white sequences.  

A much smaller budget could have helped.

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Like "Killers of the Flower Moon," this film pins its ending on a courtroom drama that sinks.

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What promises to be Christopher Nolan's first cinematic masterpiece, evaporates before our eyes.

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The film could stand to lose at least 30 minutes of its overlong runtime, and then it might be three stars, but there isn't a masterpiece here to be carved from its original stone.

Rated R. 180 mins.

2 Stars

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December 29, 2023

MAESTRO

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ColeSmithey.comIt's rare for an actor/director/screenwriter to become so enthrall with his or her creation that they get their hand stuck in the cookie jar of their own movie.

Such is the sad case for Bradley Cooper, whose deep impersonation of Leonard Bernstein obliterates everything around it, including Carey Mulligan's exquisite portrayal of Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein.

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Bradley Cooper's insistence on giving his historic character the stuffed-up voice of man with a constant cold, wears out the viewer early on.

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A lack of narrative focus exposes Bernstein's outrageous narcissism. The result leaves the viewer to wonder why we should give two cents about Leonard Bernstein as anything other than an abuser of everyone he came into contact with.

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What a monster of a human being.

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Perhaps there's room for a gay #MeToo movement.

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Here is a film that needed a serious rewrite, much tighter editing, and direction by a filmmaker other than Bradley Cooper.

At least "Maestro" is an easy movie to forget.

Rated R. 129 mins.

1 Star

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November 12, 2023

RUSTIN

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ColeSmithey.comMagnificent.

"Rustin" is a prime example of ensemble filmmaking that works like a charm.

Coleman Domingo gives a tour de force performance as gay political activist Bayard Rustin, advisor to Martin Luther King.

Here is a fully fleshed out representation of a complex black gay humanitarian struggling to help bring equality in a racist political and corporate American climate of hate.

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This is Coleman Domingo's moment. What a talent!

"Rustin" has a lot to say, and it says it all with supreme clarity and expediency.

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Screenwriters Julian Breece and Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter on "Milk") did their homework, and it shows.

This film's pacing and editing is exquisite.

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"Rustin" is all substance, with appropriate '60s era style.

Supporting turns from Chris Rock and Jeffrey Wright pop with serious intentionality.

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This is a perfect movie to go in knowing nothing about it.

Director George Wolfe hits another one out of the park on the heels of his perfect "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

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Smart of Netflix to do a theatrical release before "Rustin" goes to streaming. I saw it at the Paris cinema on 58th Street.

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This movie will take you by surprise.

Rated PG-13. 106 mins.

5 Stars

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