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Red Sparrow

SEDUCTIVE. DECEPTIVE. DEADLY.  When a Russian ballerina (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks her leg during a performance, she’s recruited by her uncle (Matthias Schonaerts) to become a ”sparrow” – an undercover agent who uses her body to trap targets. The lauded novel was written by a former CIA agent with insight into Soviet intelligence, but this adaptation … Continue reading Red Sparrow

The Color Purple: Spielberg’s New Chapter

IT’S ABOUT LIFE. IT’S ABOUT LOVE. IT’S ABOUT US. In 1985, Steven Spielberg was known as the master of big blockbuster thrills after having made films like Jaws (1975) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Sure, he had explored other emotions in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. (1982)… but those … Continue reading The Color Purple: Spielberg’s New Chapter

Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

SOME MISSIONS ARE NOT A CHOICE. In my original review of the first movie in this franchise, I wrote that it’s underappreciated. I still consider it the best chapter of the series, but here comes number six and it isn’t far off. It’s not just that it has amazing action set pieces, but it knows … Continue reading Mission Impossible Fallout: Under Hunt’s Skin

Through a Glass Darkly: Behind the Wallpaper

Ingmar Bergman was dead set on shooting this film on the Orkney Islands. He knew what he wanted; the dramatic, stony look of that place. The studio were not equally thrilled and wanted him to shoot somewhere closer to Stockholm. Reluctantly, Bergman agreed to take the boat out to Gotland to visit its northern part, … Continue reading Through a Glass Darkly: Behind the Wallpaper

The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared

After finishing the very last bottle of a mysterious, red-colored and completely irresistible soda, Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) and his friends try to find the recipe, which was once in Allan’s possession. The sequel to The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013) feels entirely superfluous, but fans might find some entertainment … Continue reading The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared

Red: Listening and Judging

We already knew this would be Krzysztof Kieslowski’s last film, because he had said as much after its premiere. Two years later, a heart attack killed him. The Polish director received a lot of praise (and several Oscar nominations) for this one, his final chapter in a trilogy based on the colors of the French … Continue reading Red: Listening and Judging