Bob Dylan in “Dont Look Back”. Photo: Pennebaker Films

Review: DONT LOOK BACK

It’s fascinating to see this film 50 years later, now that we’re used to a much older Bob Dylan. 


 

Gustaf Skarsgård and Matias Varela in “438 Days”. Photo: SF Studios

Quick Take: 438 DAYS

Well-crafted, even if it doesn’t build much tension. 


 

Laura Carmichael, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Elizabeth McGovern in “Downton Abbey”. Photo: Focus Features

Quick Take: DOWNTON ABBEY

It’s like a longish but comforting visit to old friends; fun, with a few earnest touches. 


 



Konstantin Lavronenko, Ivan Dobronravov and Vladimir Garin in “The Return”. Photo: Kino

Review: THE RETURN

This is a portrait of brotherly love that’s hard to forget, made even more emotional by a series of still photos from the journey that ends the film.


 

Bill Skarsgård in “It: Chapter Two”. Photo: Warner

Quick Take: IT: CHAPTER TWO

Very similar to the first chapter, there aren’t enough genuine scares and the effects-laden climax goes on for almost 45 minutes.


 

“American Factory”. Photo: Netflix

Quick Take: AMERICAN FACTORY

A compelling portrait of culture clashes, certainly relevant in the global economy, and packed with honest lessons on labor relations.


 



“Apollo 11”. Photo: CNN Films

Review: APOLLO 11

Many documentaries can just as well be seen on a smaller TV screen, but this one should be enjoyed in a cinema.


 

Leif Edlund in “Koko-di Koko-da”. Photo: Smorgasbord Picture House

Quick Take: KOKO-DI KOKO-DA

Very creative, there’s even a shadow play involving bunnies, but it doesn’t really come to a satisfying conclusion.

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