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Renard’s Top 10 Underrated Films of 2018

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Potential spoilers below It is never the films themselves, but rather the perception of them that is overrated or underrated. Once more, a brief glance at the opposite end of the spectrum: Renard’s 10 Most Overrated Films of 2018: Aquaman (dir. James Wan) Avengers: Infinity War (dir. Anthony Russo & Joe Russo) (review here) …

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If Renard Voted for the 90th Academy Awards (2017)

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— by Renard N. Bansale — Potential spoilers below The 90th Academy Awards take place this Sunday. Betting contests on who will win and debates on who should win rage until the moment each category’s presenter reads the card from the sealed envelope. I prefer to just stick by my personal picks (strictly from the final list of nominees), accept …

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Romance Fights to Survive Across the Iron Curtain in ‘Cold War’

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(2018—Director: Paweł Pawlikowski) (watch trailer here) — by Renard N. Bansale — ★★★★ (out of 5 stars)     “Two hearts, four eyes, oy oy oy. / Crying all day and all night, oy oy oy.” “Believe in yourself.” … “I do. It’s you I don’t believe in.” — Wiktor Warski (Tomasz Kot) and Zuzanna “Zula” Lichoń (Joanna Kulig) Potential spoilers …

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Adam McKay & Christian Bale Storm Through the Fog of Politics in ‘Vice’

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(2018—Director: Adam McKay)  — by Renard N. Bansale — High ★★★½ (out of 5 stars)  “You are the President. War is yours.” — Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney (Christian Bale) to President George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) Potential spoilers below Three years after The Big Short propelled writer-director Adam McKay from comedy auteur of the 2000s to Academy Award-winning fervent …