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Ad Astra

2019 / 122m - USA
Sci-fi, Adventure
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Fine space drama that has a little trouble finding a proper balance between its dramatic back story and its more action-driven sequences. Gray never quite gets it right, but there's enough meat here to spend two thrilling hours in space. The acting is on point, special effects are impressive and the mission is exciting. Not bad at all.

The Lost City of Z

2016 / 141m - USA
Adventure, Drama
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A solid adventure film, that turns a bit too much to the dramatic side during the second half. Gray's direction is nice, but a little heavy-handed. Performances are good and the Amazon scenes are fine, but there's a bit too much filler in between and the family drama feels a bit pointless and drawn out. Good, not great.

Two Lovers

2008 / 110m - USA
Drama, Romance
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Dreary drama. A film that hinges entirely on its central characters, sadly none of them is very interesting. There's not much here beyond a basic love triangle, with 2 out of 3 characters feeling pretty depressed. The setup itself isn't without merit, but the execution feels lazy and lifeless.

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Leonard is an aspiring photographer who is dealing with the aftermath of a rough break-up. His parents are trying to set him up with a friend of the family, Leonard on the other hand shows quite a bit of interest in a new neighbor. She's stuck in an unhealthy relationship, so Leonard has his work cut out for him.

I'm not a big Joaquin Phoenix fan, and he's really at his Phoenix-iest here. Paltrow and Shaw aren't much better, none of them seem able to lend their characters the required depth for this type of film. The direction is clean but uninspired and dull, the soundtrack boring and the ending disappointing. Very forgettable.