Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ a partly exhilarating, mostly exhausting, very eye-opening walk in the shoes of a 1970s Mexican maid (Movie review)

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ith the Oscars coming up, the guilt of constantly scrolling past “Roma” (2018) on Netflix en route to “Daredevil” episodes finally got to me, and I gave the Best Picture nominee a watch. And also, my Cold Bananas colleague Shaune watched the first 20 minutes, laughed, and said I can claim this one in our attempt to check Oscar films off our list.

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Fantastic films and how I rank them: Every ‘Harry Potter’/ Wizarding World movie, from worst to best (Commentary)

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ith movie theaters serving up the latest round of Wizarding World delights from J.K. Rowling in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” here are my rankings of the nine “Harry Potter” universe films so far (I’m considering “Deathly Hallows” to be one movie, not two). Starting from the weakest and working my way to the best, this is how I rank them. Lumos!

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‘Gravity’ a high-tech piece of minimalist filmmaking (Movie review)

Starting with its nearly 20-minute uncut opening shot of George Clooney and Sandra Bullock floating in space making repairs on a scientific satellite, the entire hour and 40 minutes of “Gravity” is packed with “How’d they do that?” filmmaking. Courtesy of writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, who also helmed the third and best “Harry Potter” film and the cult-favorite dystopian sci-fi flick “Children of Men,” “Gravity” is a technical marvel for our times.

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