Screened Out – The Light Between Oceans

By : Stephen Miller
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Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz

Ah, romance! What we want from these hanky-twisters is a tidal wave of emotions that drown us in complexity. The Light Between Oceans doesn’t do quite that, but it’s at least an invigorating swim.

Give all credit to the actors. All of it! Vikander is creepy as a disconsolate mother brought back from the edge of eternal darkness. Fassbender is her stoic husband, who must choose between his deep love for his wife and his rocklike ethics.

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Screened Out – Jason Bourne

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Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Julia Stiles, Scott Shepherd, Rhiz Ahmed

“We’re still trying to come up with a narrative for what happened,” says CIA director Scott Shepherd in the super-soldier franchise’s fifth flimsy but fun film, Jason Bourne.

Wow… Screenwriters should know better than to script lines like that. Are they just waiting for critics to call them out?

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Screened Out – The Danish Girl

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Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

This is a good film. It should’ve been amazing, illuminating and transformative.

There must be more to gender dysmorphia than what Eddie Redmayne shows for much of The Danish Girl. Is it simply the desire to touch silky fabrics and pose like girls in 1920s cigarette ads?

There also is more to Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl is slow, lacking emotional punch. It’s also all small moments of understated drama cut short by painterly views of Denmark, Dresden, and Paris.

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Screened Out – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Elizabeth Debicki

Look sharp! Brace yourself for some dashing Mod style lightly stirred with a fast and frothy spy thriller.

With 007 and the Mission: Impossible films still on our radars after decades, one might argue that we don’t need yet another franchise in this oeuvre. Director and co-writer Guy Ritchie’s take on the popular ‘60s TV show says otherwise. It’s a charming, clever and breezy lark with enough style for three films – escapist cinema at its most foppish.

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Screened Out – Ex Machina

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Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander

Some of us love brainteasers – films that make us discuss “what ifs.” The ponderous and fascinating Ex Machina is one of those movies. You only need to know the barest description of plot to decide whether this story is for you. Revealing too much might lessen the entertainment.

Screenwriter and novelist Alex Garland helms Ex Machina, his directorial debut. He’s always fascinated with the future – he wrote 28 Days Later and adapted the strange Japanese novel Never Let Me Go. Both of them are grim. This is no different. In Ex Machina, he delves into the ethically cloudy world of A.I. – Artificial intelligence.

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