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A compelling film with melodramatic tendencies - Secrets & Lies isn't so much a drama film as it is masterfully told visual literature executed with unerring care for its characters' emotions and humanity.
A lot can be said for Brenda Blethyn's performance - especially her voice, which in most other circumstances would've been annoying, but in her character, puts a lot of sincerity and love - in her voice she yearns, like a mother calling out to her children back home after they have all scattered their ways.
A spectacular movie-musical that benefits from infectiously catchy musical numbers performed with vivacity, the electrifying performance of Catherine Zeta-Jones along with the rest of the cast, and the way it sensibly transverses from singing and speaking scenes, where the songs not only accompany the plot, but augment the story's otherwise by-the-book effectivity.
Awakening an unavoidably human topic and then revolving around it, "Kinsey" satiates the viewer with knowledge and then rocks them with facts as if they naturally and usually rolled off the silver screen. This film doesn't just blatantly state that Prof. Kinsey's works were controversial, it transcends the plot device to let the viewers to feel it for themselves.
The film opens with asking questions, which is good, and viewers will be held until those questions are answered. Shifting between period shots and gorgeous black-and-white, the film pays a lot of attention to details, as if it were a textbook biography being read out loud.
"Bolt" leaves an impact as a film and as a story by giving more attention to being loyal to its honest emotions rather than to logic.
For most of the first half, the movie is a silly and fun sprint that entertains us by releasing the titular character into the real world - which he cannot tell apart from the TV show which he is a star of. But as the second half unfolds, the film awakens our soft spots for the main characters, despite the plot's simplicity, and has us slowly start to root for them sincerely, as their cumulative likability tugs at our heartstrings.
As most new-age CGI movies tend to be, "Bolt" sports animal characters who are too cute to be real, animated art direction that is refreshing to the eye for both the urban and natural settings. The animation team does good by giving close attention to detail but by not going over-the-top. Also, props must be given as this movie features probably the most entertaining and believable animation of pigeon mannerisms.
By the conclusion, "Bolt" proves to be a seemingly perilous journey with a lot of heart that has just enough fulfillment for viewers to catch their breath and hope for more adventure - a film that, if you enjoyed it the first time, you will find yourself watching over and over.