Just Mercy (2019)

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Just Mercy centers on Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan), a Harvard lawyer, who dedicates his career to fighting for people on death row. He moves down to Alabama and takes Walter McMillian’s (Jaime Foxx) case to try to prove his innocence.

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Vice (2018)

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Vice surrounds Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) throughout his young life to his Vice Presidency under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell).

Vice is an interesting film to say the least. The film leans towards the left side of the political sphere and is very anti-Cheney. It’s not your typical biopic, but some of the elements McKay uses in the film clash together and, at times, it feels like the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be.

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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Bohemian Rhapsody surrounds the life of Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) as he first joins the band, Queen, and their rise to fame. Freddie however struggles with connecting to people including his band members because of his flamboyancy and his sexuality. He turns to drugs and later gets diagnosed with AIDS. Now Freddie must get the band back together to do a Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium that will later go down in history.

What is perfect casting? Rami Maleck as Freddie Mercury. He really gives a great performance in this film and is the highlight for sure. The other band members however didn’t have much to do, and while this film is focused on Freddie Mercury, it would be nice for the other characters to have more depth.

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First Man (2018)

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First Man surrounds the life of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) as he joins NASA and his journey through the various missions that eventually lead him to land on the moon.

Damien Chazelle does it again. The cinematography is breathtaking, I have no idea how Chazelle was able to film some of this stuff. There’s also a lot of shaky cam for this film, and I personally hate shaky cam, but it totally works here and didn’t bother me because of the various POV shots, experiencing everything with Armstrong. The Moon sequence especially was beautiful and chilling.

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix – 2018)

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a Netflix film about the Douglas Kenney, the comedy legend who came up with the National Lampoon brand and films like Animal House and Caddyshack. The movie revolves around his life – his college years, his friendship with Henry Beard (who found National Lampoon with him), his rise to fame, his chase for approval from father, and his struggles – a typical biopic narrative.

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