Anthropoid (2016) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Anthropoid (2016)

During World War II, many European countries occupied by Nazi Germany had resistance movements that fought against the invaders with whatever methods they could. Czechoslovakia’s resistance led to Adolf Hitler’s third in command, SS General Reinhard Heydrich and architect of the Final Solution, being stationed to Prague, where he instituted a brutal crackdown on the…

Eye in the Sky (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Eye in the Sky (2015)

Terror demands attention. Terror, as a matter of fact, directly depends on it. Terror counts on your attention — and it is counting on you. The logic of terror follows Freddie Krueger’s logic (Craven’s original Nightmare): If the victim stops paying attention, the monster dissipates in thin air — or so we may be inclined…

Beasts of No Nation (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Beasts of No Nation (2015)

It’s not always easy to do the right thing, even in a stable world. When the going gets tough, you know you’re supposed to do what’s right, but instead you do wrong. That’s the unfortunate reality of our responses to everyday situations . . . but what happens when your support system is gone? What…

Rock in the Red Zone (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Rock in the Red Zone (2015)

The impact of a documentary is generally determined by either the power of the filmmaking or the potency of the subject matter. Of course, the best documentaries are those that draw strength from both areas of the process, but those are rarer than the docs that earn points for simply finding a great topic and…

Cartel Land (2015) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Cartel Land (2015)

The power of one man can change the world because he can change the communities around him, one by one. But the power of the community can change the man and the world much faster — for better or for worse — because there’s undeniable strength in numbers while the strength of one can sometimes…

The Act of Killing (2012) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: The Act of Killing (2012)

How hard it is to look at pure evil right in the eye? It is hard, very hard, mainly because, as Hannah Arendt very lucidly said, it is extremely banal. No apocalyptic Lucifer-like layouts, no tall teleologies or immense intentions; the people who do evil are brutally banal, practically plain — and they are of…

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