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Quentin Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" is set in 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, especially for TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). It's a homage to Hollywood at the time. It is long, but it doesn't necessarily feel that way, especially the last 45 minutes which represent classic Tarantino, edge-of-your-seat twist-and-turn engagement.
"Can You Ever Forgive Me" is an adaption of the memoir of the same name about Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a celebrity biographer now fallen out of favour and unable to get published who turns her art form to deception. Melissa McCarthy gives an impressive dramatic performance as Lee Israel, ringing a certain degree of sympathy to an apparently unlikeable character and Richard Grant is wonderful as her loyal friend and accomplice Jack.
A lot of people have expressed disappointment in "Yesterday", however, while it may not have entirely delivered on the promise of its premise, it is an enjoyable experience. The plot is easy-to-follow, the characters likeable and soundtrack of course great, packed with Beatles songs in fitting with its concept of a frustrated musician who, after an accident, apparently becomes the only person in the world to ‘remember' the music of The Beatles.
Diane Keaton is wonderful as always in "Poms" the story of a woman with cancer who moves into a retirement community. In the beginning she is closed off but when she begins to pursuit a past passion she starts to open up as she recruits other older ladies to join a cheerleading club. It doesn't dwell in her illness or information about her past self, but focusses on being a point-in-time and relatively simple story. Yes, it is a formulaic underdog tale but it is enjoyable and easy to watch.
"Girls Trip" is another in the ‘woman can be vulgar too' genre of films that could have stood well enough on its own without having to resort to low-brow laughs. When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, things don't always go as planned and it is difficult to emphasis given how unlikeable some of them are, however, even though it is filled with clichés, there is a nice message about friendship to its conclusion.