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…

Conviction (♦♦♦)

Betty Ann Waters (Hilary Swank) was a high school drop-out waitress, who got her GED and put herself through law school to represent her brother Kenneth (Sam Rockwell) in an appeal for the crime he had been wrongfully convicted of. Through 18 years, Betty Ann never stopped believing in her brother’s innocence, and she finally obtained his absolution with the aid of modern science (DNA testing).

The movie has its moments, but the acting isn’t great. Despite being based on a true story, Hollywood has explored and exploited the topic so much that there’s nothing new to say; only the characters are different.