Mary Poppins Returns
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Finding Altamira is let down by ordinary acting, way too many scholarly adages and a perplexing level of inaction.
Director Hugh Hudson maintains a steady hand throughout in this low-key but powerful rumination on faith and reason.
Antonio Banderas' admirable performance fails to energize Hugh Hudson's handsome but ponderous period drama.
A rote but engaging historical drama about the eternal debate between truth and mythology.
In Antonio Banderas, Mr. Hudson has a winning de Sautuola of personal modesty, scientific integrity and paternal warmth.
A well-mounted if largely prosaic period drama ...
A reasonably engaging tale of the ever present arguments that take place between science and belief.
Director Hugh Hudson shoots in lush settings and provides ample footage of the incredible paintings; this could make a nice double feature alongside Werner Herzog's documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
... too often detours into silly subplots that minimize the moral complexity and trivialize the fascinating true-life source material.
Despite a few flourishes, plus some solid work from Antonio Banderas as Marcelino de Sautuola -- the amateur scientist who first uncovered the famous cave paintings in northern Spain -- it's pretty much the work of someone going through the motions.
'Finding Altamira' excels at showing the joys and sorrows that can come from a historic discovery. It also paints a beautiful picture of a tender father/daughter relationship.
Some striking shots cannot make up for static storytelling and a clunky script.
I discovered this film by mere coincidence, never even knowing of its existence. And I truly loved it: the story, Banderas' performance, the characters, everything!
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