It Comes at Night (USA – 2017) – Short Review

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It Comes at Night is Trey Edward Shults’ second feature starring Joel Edgerton (Black mass, Midnight special) Carmen Ejogo (Selma, Alien: Covenant) and Christopher Abbott (A most violent year, James White)

A world threat, coming under the form of a virulent disease, forces a family to isolate itself under a set of rules. The sudden arrival of another family seeking refuge puts their domestic order and empathy to test.

It Comes at Night is your behind closed doors – let-them-come-I’m ready- minimalist take on the end of civilization. It shares the pessimistic views on the subject of pictures like Time of the Wolf (2003), The Road (2009) Take Shelter (2011) and countless others. It pretty much covers known territories to film buffs of the 21st century, basically making honest and efficient use of what looks like a shoestring budget. Yet it is not totally successful in Continue reading

The Zookeeper’s Wife (USA – 2017) – Very Short Review

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Based on the non-fiction book of the same name, The Zookeeper’s Wife is a Kind hearted melodrama on a grave subject. It is a feel good movie which, cinematicaly-wise, doesn’t cover any ground of undiscovered country.

Based on real events, The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the tragic story of Antonina and Jan Zabinski and their Warsaw zoo, who secretly sheltered Jews Continue reading