Submission (2017)

How many times have we seen a story of a married middle-aged (white) guy being lured and destroyed by a young woman? Is it because most screenwriters are middle-aged guys who have experienced more failure than success in their art, and this is their way to take out their bitterness on their fantasy groupies? It’s …

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Fist Fight

There might be a decent short film in here, as the entire plot of Fist Fight is laid out in the first 15 minutes: It’s the last day of school at a high school, where the senior pranks have gone amok and general chaos rules as the teachers try to keep it together. The whitest …

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Notes on a Scandal

Dench stars as Barbara Covett, a stern and spinsterly history teacher at a British high school, who’s tolerated and respected—but not particularly liked—by her colleagues. Having taught for more than three decades, she’s something of an institution in her own right, and serves as the moral compass for staff and students alike. Taciturn and borderline …

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The History Boys

These schoolboys, blurrily indistinguishable from each other for a large part of the film, basically run wild in their loosely structured classes, re-enacting scenes from old Bette Davis movies, bursting into song recitals, and occasionally dropping their pants and lying supine on desks, whilst prattling saucy entendres in French. All while apparently they are studying …

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Won’t Back Down

Any movie that stars Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste is already worth seeing just because of the cast. Shoot, have them sit around a coffee table and eat pie while talking about the weather, and I’ll bet it would be worth watching. Now throw in a very touchy plot, …

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