Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Other Woman (Love and Other Impossible Pursuits) (♦♦♦♦♦)

Natalie Portman delivers another searing performance as Emilia, a Manhattan attorney who has an affair with married lawyer Jack Woolf. Jack’s marriage crumbles under his affair with Emilia, and given that she is pregnant with his child, they get married. Then, tragedy strikes…Emilia’s loved ones know that she deeply cares about them and that she is reeling with despair, but she keeps saying hurtful words to them, not releasing her pain but keeping it inside. Then, she makes a stunning revelation to her husband and their marriage seems doomed. Emilia’s opportunity to forgive herself and others, come in the form of people she never expected.

This movie made me cry, softly, but surely. Natalie Portman shines again and is truly convincing as the woman who is falling apart by her pain and guilt. This film doesn’t have the depth of “Black Swan”, nonetheless it is another jewel.