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A Silent Voice (Koe no katachi)
19 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Sometimes the answer is as simple as learning to listen." Distributed by the same people who brought us Your Name (????). A Silent Voice (???), tells a story of Nishimiya Shoko, a hearing impaired student, arrives at a new school, only to be viciously bullied - particularly by a boy named Ishida Shouya where the story centralised. When she eventually gives in and moves schools again, Shouya himself becomes ostracized. Years later, he sets out to find redemption. It is an interesting animation deal with bullying, ostracizing, suicide, self-harm and hearing impairment, tackling serious issues about school kids in very endearing way. It is about overcoming separation, anxiety, and hostility, dealing very serious subject matter in very excessive way rather enchanting, magical and melancholically at the same time. A Silent Voice is beautiful and beguiling film, subtly use of ambient sound design and picture to convey the solitary inner world of Shoko -- in conjunction with a fantastic music score -- cap off an emphatic success on all fronts.

Okja
Okja (2017)
23 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Korean director Bong Joon Ho reuniting with Tilda Swinton after Snowpiercer in a cautionary tale of genetically modified meat from superpig created by the agrichemical corporation Mirando as a potential solution to global hunger. These superpig "consume less feed, produce less excretions", but (most importantly) to "taste fucking good".

Okja is one of a batch of "super-piglets" for the best superpig competition span over a decade, raised in the remote mountains of South Korea bonded with young Mija (An Seo Hyun). She's intelligent and empathetic creature, but Mirando's CEO wouldn't care less and wants her prize product to take part in a porcine beauty pageant in the US, intent on serving her up on a plate. Desperate to save her companion, Mija heads to New York, crossing paths with the chaotically idealistic Animal Liberation Front, led by Paul Dano's Jay, who plans to use Okja as a mole in Mirando's hellish labs and slaughterhouses. Also feature Jake Gyllenhaal's zoologist/veterinarian TV personality Dr Johnny Wilcox, a public face of carnivorous corporate greed character.

Bong structure his narrative from an alarming food-industry revelations and "caring capitalism" - of profit-driven imperatives cloaked in the crowd-pleasing garb of eco-awareness with dystopian slapstick humour, poignantly chilling atrocity and horror in this cross-generic incredible journey. Mija is smart and resourceful, and we believe in the tears she sheds for Okja, and her determination to rescue her companion and take her back to their Eden-like mountain home.

Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth (2017)
27 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A stunning William Oldroyd's pristine debut, starring Florence Pugh electrifies as a teenage bride stuck in a suffocating marriage. This is not a Shakespearean Macbeth, it is adapted from the lurid Russian opera/book Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov. This latest incarnation set differently in a rugged landscapes of Victorian-era north-east England, where repression and rebellion conjoin in a heady cocktail of lust, intrigue and murder, written with razor-sharp wit by playwright Alice Birch.

Florence Pugh character, Katherine thread thinly between audience sympathy and revulsion, a dramatic balancing act that she pulls off with aplomb and desire the same Brontė-esque lust for life that Andrea Arnold captured in her 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights. While Pugh's Katherine dominates the screen, Naomi Ackie's Anna performance equally fascinating, the maid who loses her voice as Katherine finds hers.

Cinematographer Ari Wegner heighten horror with every action in a static long shot and widescreen frame while his handheld close-ups lend an urgent intimacy to Katherine's emotional and physical travails.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
33 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

A role born to play by Gal Gadot, an innocent, emphatic, fierce and loyal Wonder Woman while Chris Pine impeccable supporting role resurrect DCEU losing streak. However, it's overlong at 141 minutes and suffers from too much origin story exposition, juggling many big idea that some story doesn't exactly drop and middling CGI effects especially its final act over a very weak antagonist. Generally, director Patty Jenkins successfully create great fun to watch movie, and there's genuine visual panache to be found amid the combat and comedy.

Get Out
Get Out (2017)
35 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Jordan Peele's Get Out is a smart satirical horror film about a black man in a rich white neighbourhood is surprising, shocking, and funny.