Chicago Film Fest 2019: The Truth (La Verite)

The Truth (La Verite) features some brilliant acting as director Hirokazu Kore-eda tackles a project that isn’t set in his home country of Japan. The root of the film is the mother-daughter relationship between Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) and Lumir (Juliette Binoche). Lumir’s relationship with her mom is tenuous at best.  The reason why she’s back in her native France is her mother’s memoir being published.  To say it’s a memoir would also be exaggerating the…

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High Life: Too Art House For My Liking

High Life may have come with a lot of hype but I left the film feeling like it was a bit too much art house for my liking. Going into my Sunday afternoon screening, I knew that Robert Pattinson would play an astronaut.  This was pretty much all I knew going into the film.  While we’re getting to know Monte (Robert Pattinson), Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau’s script digs into the film’s backstory.  It turns…

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Godzilla: There’s Not Enough

While the 2014 Godzilla film is meant to serve as the first film in a new MonsterVerse, there’s simply not enough of the monster in action. The film starts off in the Philippines in 1999 where Monarch scientists Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) make a surprise discovery.  Whatever was awakened made its way to Janjira, Japan.  This is where we first meet Joe (Bryan Cranston) and Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche).  There’s…

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