The Raid 2
Gareth Evans proves that he is operating at the top echelon of not merely action filmmakers, but filmmakers, period, advancing his preferred genre to a well-rounded pinnacle as generous with engrossing character and story as it is with adrenalized excitement and exhilaration.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
For all his imposing, intimidating physical stature, Idris Elba excels in exposing, in the most understated yet eloquent ways, the vulnerabilities that slip through the cracks in otherwise stoic veneers, not impossible to largely suppress but impossible to completely deny, his eyes always telling the tale even when not in the rare occasion they shed tears.
Seemingly disparate elements go on to organically weave together into a coherent whole as a buddy/action/crime dramedy, with some exuberant production numbers as infectious icing on the proverbial cake.
More than just a tribute to the efforts of valiant men and women of the American military, it becomes a tribute to anyone standing up for themselves on the front lines of any dangerous conflict situation.
With Aamir Khan's wide spectrum of talents and the creative energy he inspires in all around him on full, irresistibly entertaining display, audiences around the world will truly experience the title's English translation--a blast.
The Wolf of Wall Street
No less than a brazenly brash and unabashed middle finger to any and all genteel expectations and sensibilities.
The movie one-sheet text "A Spike Jonze Love Story" completely sums up the film's weird and wondrous imagination, charm, and poignance.
Goliyon Ki Raasleela: Ram-Leela (A Play of Bullets: Ram-Leela)
Larger-than-life movie in the best sense, a veritable feast for all senses from a truly singular cinematic voice that always demands attention and respect.
The Pavement Psychologist
Whatever the piece may ultimately lack in substantive story, it definitely compensates in character, both in the literal sense of the solid work writer-director Idris Elba coaxes from the whole cast and in the already distinctive personality of his still-nascent filmmaking voice, which promises to only polish and sharpen right along with his skill on subsequent projects.
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