The Old Man & the Gun (2018)

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Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. (IMDb)
Over a wonderful aesthetic (warm cinematography, clever editing, and cozy jazz), light and leisurely character set-ups (Forrest and Jewel have great banter) set the stage for a fun little plot (Affleck’s weary cop is a perfect match for Redford’s relaxed con). The final act fails to wrap things up as gracefully, however, thanks to a couple plot snags (why let him leave the bathroom, and why a horse instead of the car?) and Forrest’s now irritatingly breezy attitude in the face of adversity.
7/10 (Good)

 

Roma (2018)

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A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s. (IMDb)
I nearly cried during the first shot and it was the credits over a damn floor. Cuarón’s direction is exquisite in its patience, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail with long tracking shots, intimate close-ups, busy backgrounds, and remarkable soundscapes. Beyond its aesthetic beauty though, it’s poignant in its ability to tell a story (Aparicio’s great turn helps of course)–this one being a powerful character study about finding strength and peace amidst chaos (see Cleo’s one-leg stand).
9/10 (Amazing)