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  1. Minari [2020] Named after the vegetable, a unique kind of film dramatizing a Korean families assimilation in rural 1980s Arkansas with their trials and tribulations starting a farm. Well-made with mixed English and Korean dialogue, intimate character development in a slow going drama that is enjoyable to watch albeit nothing outstanding.
  2. The United States vs Billie Holiday [2021] Based on the War On Drugs book "Chasing the Scream" this biography follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair during 1940's America. Other than a top lead performance and some good tunes, the rest of the screenplay is uninspiring.
  3. The Father [2020] An elderly man refuses help from his daughter as he ages and tries to make sense of his changing circumstances. He begins to doubt his loved ones and his own mind. Based on the 2012 play, this movie version has Hopkins at his very best in a masterful display of the devastation of dementia.
  4. Creation Stories [2021] Tells the mostly true story of Creation Records head Alan McGee; and of how one written-off young Glaswegian upstart rose to irrevocably change the face of British culture through a drug fueled haze. A strong lead with music from 70's punk through late 90's Britpop and its associated political links makes for an entertaining movie.
  5. Mank [2020] 1930's Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane. This is sharply written and splendidly atmospheric in the recreation of the period, even those adverse to movies about Hollywood movie making could appreciate this one.
  6. The Trial Of The Chicago 7 [2020] The true story of the trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising by activists at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the resulting clash with the police. A rousing courtroom drama done in typical Hollywood style but nevertheless works well with some stirring performances and good dialogue. Worth seeing.
  7. Silk Road [2021] A young philosophical Ross Ulbricht creates Silk Road, a dark net website that sells drugs, while an old school corrupt DEA agent Rick Bowden, goes undercover to bring him down. The Silk Road true story has been recounted a few times already and this, whilst nothing outstanding, makes for an entertaining crime caper.
  8. Bloodlands [2021 TV limited series] A northern Irish police officer connects a suicide note with an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance. A strong lead amongst a cast of forgettable actors we don't care for with a complicated story-line makes it tough going. Line Of Duty comes to mind, just not quite as good.
  9. Mouthpiece [2018] Only recently going mainstream, this unusual movie from Canada that has a wonderfully weird Charlie Kaufman vibe about it. Cassandra, who is portrayed by the two women, expresses the opposing voices that exist inside a woman's head, during a 48-hour period as she tries to organize the affairs for her mother's funeral.
  10. Cherry [2021] An army medic suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder becomes a serial bank robber after an addiction to drugs puts him in debt. Based on a real army vets autobiographical book, this movie direction is altogether too well polished for the subject matter, so there is little to care for the characters plights.
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