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Not sure it's quite fair--and I liked the newer movie--but the original A Nightmare on Elm Street is a better version of the 2017 It.

(For that matter, though for a slightly different reason, so is A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge)

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10 hours ago, Darrel Manson said:

Films about the same fairly short period of time and events: Dunkirk is better than Darkest Hour. (Although I think they would make a great double feature--Dunkirk playing first

I actually thought Darkest Hour was the better of the two movies, but I appear to be in the minority. 

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Darkest Hour is still in my screener pile (I'll view it in the coming week if it gets any noms in the NCFCA), but I expect I would agree with you, as I was immensely disappointed with Dunkirk.

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22 hours ago, Andrew said:

Darkest Hour is still in my screener pile (I'll view it in the coming week if it gets any noms in the NCFCA), but I expect I would agree with you, as I was immensely disappointed with Dunkirk.

One of the things I preferred was that DH was able to convey--at least to me--that the principals really were uncertain about the outcome. That gave it much more emotional power in my viewing. I appreciated the cinematography of Dunkirk, but in part because of the BIG MOVIE structure, it would have seemed as anti-conventional for the last mission to fail as it would have been, say, for all the rebels to get wiped out at the end of Star Wars (spoilers for Star Wars, I guess).

 

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If I interpreted the final scene of Thelma correctly, and I'm not 100% sure I did, Lady Macbeth is a better version of Thelma.

Also, Frozen is a better version of Thelma.

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For 2017 films about the same WWII event: Dunkirk > Their Finest > Darkest Hour. They're all worth viewing, but for entirely different reasons.

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For the woman/women fall on hard times and look to illegal means of solving their financial troubles, I thought Can You Ever Forgive Me? was a better version of Widows.

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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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For films about strong female monarchs who embrace Catholicism as a part of their liberalism, anachronistic pro-LGBTQ beliefs, and as a rebellion against their patriarchal, misogynistic, homophobic, fundamentalist, Protestant courts, Mary Queen of Scots is a better version of The Girl King.

I never thought I would write that sentence or see a second movie which links Catholicism to the female protagonist's feminism and threat it poses to the toxic masculinity linked with Protestantism.

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3 hours ago, Joel Mayward said:

The Lost City of Z is a better version of Zama.

I thought Jauja was a better version of Zama, but I agree with your choice as well.

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19 minutes ago, Evan C said:

I thought Jauja was a better version of Zama, but I agree with your choice as well.

Yes! I totally thought of Jauja while watching Zama, and couldn't remember the title, just the image of a soldier on a lush green beach and the aspect ratio.

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Us is a better version of the recent remake of Pet Sematary (both feature “unique” family dynamics), but they would make an interesting double feature. 

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For the first half of Ma, I thought it was a better version of Greta. But after it finished, I think Greta is the better version of Ma. They both suffer from serious flaws, just very different ones, so I'm not sure which one I liked less.

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Anna is a better version of Atomic Blonde (and Red Sparrow).

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3 hours ago, Evan C said:

Anna is a better version of Atomic Blonde (and Red Sparrow).

Now this is a surprise (not the Red Sparrow part). 

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Rebel Without a Cause is a far superior version of Blinded By the Light.

 

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