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  1. Andrew

    Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

    Or "the person who loves him," to include Freddie Mercury in this, and for inclusivity's sake. Maybe it was a case of lowered expectations, but I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody. The plot was formulaic, and much of the dialogue rote, but the performances were excellent, and the re-creations of song creation and the concerts were contagious. For these latter reasons, I'll take this over the ABBA musical #2 or another superhero flick (Spiderverse possibly excepted) any day. One of my acquaintances who has been a lifelong Queen fanatic did say the script took enormous liberties with the band's actual history, and I am baffled by the exaggerated dental prosthesis that Malek used, which seemed disproportionate next to the film images of Mercury over the closing credits. So there are those difficulties, too...
  2. My wife and I saw it at TIFF last year and loved it, but FWIW, I don't recall any overt faith element to it.
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    Destroyer (2018)

    With the nods to faith that you mention, Christian, I think there's a case to be made that the writers/director were pointing to missed opportunities for reformation/rebirth. The film is fresher in my mind, having seen it last night, so the Bible study invite was made by a former supervisor that Kidman's character never saw again; and the pastor wasn't compromised, he was actually sheltering a guy who was attempting to make amends for his past misdeeds.
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    Destroyer (2018)

    Has anyone else seen this? I could see it being of interest to those on the Ecumenical Jury, as it's the most Dostevskian film I've seen in a while, embodying the famous Karamazov line about "if no God, then everything is permitted." A couple of times during the film, the main criminal is heard to say "nobody is watching" (or something like that) as everything goes to shit around Nicole Kidman's undercover FBI agent. Besides that, it's probably the best suspense film I've seen this film, a genre that generally bores me. Kidman's performance is splendid, and she's almost unrecognizable in her 'present day' makeup - she looks convincingly wrecked, like many a late-stage alcoholic I've treated. And Bradley Whitford is fun as usual - how his typecasting has changed from his days playing idealistic Josh on The West Wing, now playing characters for whom the word smarmy seems to have been invented.
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    Consolidating Film Forums

    Since they come up in a search regardless, I'm for a laissez faire approach.
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    Three Identical Strangers (2018)

    Yeah, the lack of consent and outright deceit involved in the children's placement and the ongoing study posit this firmly in the unambiguously unethical category. As a mental health professional, I found this reveal appalling. Institutional review boards (IRBs) now routinely review study designs at the university or hospital level, and there's no way this study would pass muster nowadays. In my ethics class in med school, we learned about past horrors like the Tuskegee syphilis experiments. I wouldn't be surprised if this study finds its way into such classes. As a documentary, however, I found this film unimpressive. About 1/3 of it felt repetitive, and the film's structure after the first 30 min or so was amateurish. I'm surprised it has such a high numbers on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
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    A better film about...

    Haven't seen The Wife yet, but I found Colette to be quite engrossing, though its hagiographic tendencies are highly problematic. Boy Erased is a better conversion therapy film than The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Beautiful Boy > Ben Is Back, on addressing the havoc that addiction plays in the lives of young addicts and the families who care about him.
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    Two reports would seem reasonable, just to prevent a single person from wreaking havoc.
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    Beautiful Boy (2018)

    Though at least in this film's case, this aspect of the story (David Sheff's openness with his son about his drug use) was true to the source material. But otherwise, your point is well-taken.
  10. So, I'll get this party started. From the New York Times, here are A.O. Scott's and Manohla Dargis' lists: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/movies/best-movies.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Movies
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    Forum organization

    My personal inclination is to follow the tired cliché of 'if it ain't terribly broke, don't fix it.' Historically, in large measure thanks to Peter's 'ahems,' I think a decent job has been done of merging duplicate threads. My bias would be towards continuing this moving forward, with less energy on remedying past redundancies that slipped under the radar. On reviewing the organization of the board, its forums, and topics, it still looks pretty sound and sane to me. Ken, I like the fact that you're deleting ancient Short Term Parking topics, in order to make it adhere to its original purpose, but I'm not seeing anything else that seems to warrant significant change.
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    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

    Beth, I anticipated that criticisms such as those you shared would emerge regarding Buster Scruggs. FWIW, the most fully developed character in their anthology is Zoe Kazan's, though she is a variation on the 'damsel in distress' trope. Then again, in their full-length Western, True Grit, Hailee Steinfeld's character was completely counter to the usual female roles in Westerns. I'm left wondering if it's unfair to expect a single film to right all of the wrongs across the history of a film genre, but maybe that's just my white male privilege talking.
  13. FWIW, I listened to the audiobook of The Hate U Give in preparation for the film. After listening, I didn't bother with the movie. The book had a touchy feely "family moment" every 20 minutes or so, akin to watching Family Matters without an Urkel character. Its heavyhandedness makes after school specials seem subtle. I understand the desire to respond artistically to the crisis of police violence towards unarmed black men, women, and children; I'm waiting for Blindspotting to drop for home viewing, to see if it's any better.
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    Boy Erased

    Here's my review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/11/a-boy-erased-by-conversion-therapy/
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    Free Solo

    I really don't think so - his mom said she was pretty sure his dad was on the spectrum, but I don't recall any possible diagnoses for Alex himself being posited. I can appreciate your negative feelings towards this film; that's pretty much how I feel about football, where one is basically watching the development of CTE in slow motion.