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Ten current movies, each with merit

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Here is a sprinkling of current movies, several of which have received Oscar nominations:

Promising Young Woman

With Carey Mulligan, in an Oscar worthy turn, this movie represents a new step in her acting career. Without giving away any of the plot, it is both compelling and lingering. Produced by Margot Robbie, who seems to have a knack for the zeitgiest, you really can’t forget this movie.

The Trial of the Chicago Seven

Although it take liberties with the actual events, this is a reasonably good movie with many excellent supporting cast members, good pacing, and humor, and is worth viewing. Afterward, look up the fact and fiction within the film.

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Sound of Metal

An inside and gripping portrayal of what it’s like to go deaf, as experienced by a drummer for a heavy metal band. Rapper and now actor, Riz Ahmed, in the lead role, offers moments of denial, rebellion, and poignancy.

The Marksman

Starring Liam Neeson, this is a fairly watchable story, but not quite up to par for Neeson who has carved out an unmistakable persona as the loan-wolf symbol of justice in the world. The very scary Mexican cartel guys, who chase him at length, perform aptly.

News of the World

Tom Hanks, overlooked for an Oscar, proves once again that he is among the best actors in the world, as he carries you through a somewhat routine story, with a rather routine plot, and nevertheless holds your attention the whole way through. Also, the child actor from Germany holds her own.

I Care a Lot

Also over-looked for an Oscar nomination, Rosamund Pike is in stride and makes you want to scream about the injustice that her character perpetrates. However, that is the genius of her acting skills, much like she conveyed in Gone Girl. As a megalomaniac, intent on being super-wealthy and willing to die trying. I was positive (and wrong) that super ‘woke’ Hollywood crowd would reward any and all such negative portrayals of capitalism.

Run Hide Fight

Here is a refreshing change from the ‘politically correct’ movies of the last two decades. A female high school student makes a stand against school shooters bent on destruction and massive media attention. Eli Brown is notable as the deranged, articulate mass murdering classmate.

Mank

Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried star in this biopic about Hollywood screenwriter Frank Mankiewicz (grandfather of TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz). Strattling the 1930s and 40s, while penning Citizen Kane, ‘Mank’ has a fondness for alcohol and for saying whatever he thinks. Charles Dance, as the preeminent but affable William Randolph Hearst is notable. This is an insider’s movie for the thankfully shrinking number of people who know or care about Hollywood.

Crisis

Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, and Evangeline Lilly each do well in this alluring tale of how fentanyl has a stranglehold our society. This is a grim film, but well worth viewing.

Adverse

Thomas Ian Nicholas scores notably as a conflicted Uber driver, on parole, trying to make a home and take care of his younger, drug-crazed, half-sister, amidst a violent and murderous loan sharking enterprise headed by Mickey Rourke, who plays it brilliantly.

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