2023 Movie Reviews

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“Argentina 1985” (+ + +) is an excellent docudrama about the prosecution of the military leaders who led the bloody military junta that terrorized Argentina during the early 1980s. It is based on the true story of Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and their young legal team of unlikely prosecutors. In his closing statement, Strassera said, “I wish to waive any claim to originality in closing this indictment. I wish to use a phrase that is not my own, because it already belongs to all the Argentine people. Your Honors: Nunca más!”


“Against the Ice” (+ + +) is a docudrama about a remarkable pair of Danish explorers who were sent by the Danish government in 1909 to prove that Greenland was only one island owned by Denmark, to settle a territorial dispute with America, which had claimed rights to what it thought was a second island. One critic described the film as “a good-looking but glacial trudge through a snowbound true story.” For me, much more interesting than the story itself was seeing the courage and survival skills necessary for the explorers to accept the challenge.

“Argentina 1985” (+ + +) is an excellent docudrama about the prosecution of the military leaders who led the bloody military junta that terrorized Argentina during the early 1980s. It is based on the true story of Julio Strassera, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and their young legal team of unlikely prosecutors. In his closing statement, Strassera said, “I wish to waive any claim to originality in closing this indictment. I wish to use a phrase that is not my own, because it already belongs to all the Argentine people. Your Honors: Nunca más!”

“Causeway” (+) is a slow-paced movie about Lynsey, a US soldier played by Jennifer Lawrence who struggles to adjust to life back home after suffering a traumatic brain injury while serving in Afghanistan. Lynsey befriends James, an auto mechanic played by Brian Tyree Henry. He also has experienced trauma in his life, because of an auto accident. Their friendship helps them to heal some of their wounds. Both actors provide heartfelt performances and will probably be nominated for acting awards.

“Tár” (+) is a biopic about a famous but fictional orchestra conductor played by Cate Blanchett. She is at the top of her career and about to record an album with the Berlin Philharmonic. However, her life quickly spins out of control as her current and past misdeeds are revealed. Blanchett’s performance is Oscar-worthy. The movie is a bit long, but the insights into Western classic music are interesting.

“The Banshees of Inisherin” (+) is a quirky movie with quirky characters that takes place on a quirky remote mythical island off the coast of Ireland. It a darkly comic allegory for the Irish Civil War. It has a fine cast led by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in Oscar-worthy performances. Their characters have been friends for a long time until one of them decides he no longer wants to remain friends. The movie also includes a memorable performance by Jenny, a miniature donkey, and a “scene stealer” according to Farrell.

“The Menu” (+ + +) is a pretentious movie about pretentious people, i.e., the connoisseurs of haute cuisine. It is very clever, funny, and wickedly entertaining. Imagine being stuck on an island with Gordon Ramsey, who vents his temper on you and the other dinner guests at his restaurant rather than at his subservient staff. Ralph Fiennes plays the lead masterfully. He does most of the talking, leaving little room for anyone else to say much more than “Yes, Chef!”