Still Alice – 9.0/10

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9.0/10

“Still Alice” is a slow burning drama. At the beginning it feels like another forgettable movie with great performances, but as the plot unfolds you find yourself hooked and immersed in this moving story. Julianne Moore at her best; one of the most honest performance that I’ve seen this year. And Kristen Stewart is on the right path, I’m glad that she is moving her career away from Hollywood blockbusters (at least for a while) and taking these kind of supporting roles with a lot of layers. “Still Alice” is one of those movies that go so deep into the audience that you will remain seated during all the end credits just listening to the music and digesting the movie.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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Clouds of Sils Maria – 7.5/10

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7.0/10

Finding street parking in Hollywood is like finding the Majola Snake featured in Olivier Assayas’s new film “Clouds of Sils Maria.” Luckily, I knew where to look (I used to live nearby where cash  and drugs were tossed up and down in a tennis shoe from a stucco balcony across the street.) and snuck past security to view the recently overbooked AFI screening. Playing the aging actress Maria, Juliette Binoche is as marvelous and at home in her role as Kristen Stewart seems flat and out of place playing her assistant. All the scenes of Alps vistas and moody interiors play out gracefully (except for a goofy X-Men parody), but ultimately this film misses the potential of its subject matter and its lead talent by delivering a wink rather than a snakebite.

by Scott Gist

8.0/10

Juliette Binoche gives an amazing performance but perhaps the biggest revelation is Kristen Stewart. She proves to be the female-Keanu Reeves, that when cast in the right role she gives warmth to an easily forgettable character. The heart of the film lies on those intimate scenes between Binoche and Stewart even though nothing appears to be happening at first glance. Here lies what can be considered the film’s greatness and failures: the editing. Long scenes slowly escalating to something we never see and therefore is implied, repeat another 15 times and you’ve got this film. Again, this formula sometimes works tremendously but in the end it turns out to be repetitive a bit frustrating.

by Enrique López Oropeza

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