Spotlight

Directed by: Tom McCarthy

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and more.

A movie based on facts. The story of Boston Globe reporters working on a story about pedophile abuse in Catholic Church.

Tom McCarthy decided to show really difficult matter, and what he did was great. Everything in the movie is outstanding – acting performance, the way true events were shown and production. Bows to Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo for their outstanding performance. Bows to Tom McCarthy for great directing.

The movie is well produced and it kept me interested to the very end.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rate: 9/10

“The Strangled Queen” by Maurice Druon

Publish date: 1955

Genre: Historical fiction

The second book from a series “The Accursed Kings”.  King Phillip is dead, and now his son Louis X sits on the throne. His wife is imprisoned in the Chateau Gaillard for her adultery.  Seeking to remarry and father a male heir, Louis puts his own plan in motion.

I enjoyed this book. Maurice Druon once again did an incredible job.  The storyline is well thought.  It is easy to read and characters are nicely presented. I could easily imagine them and think about what would they do. The story caught my attention and left me interested until the very end. I can’t wait to read next part of the series.

My rate: 8/10

Salt

Directed by:  Phillip Noyce

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski and more

Evelyn Salt is a highly respected CIA agent. She has to run away when a Russian spy claims she is asleep agent about to kill the President of Russia.

A lot of plot twists with great cast should create a great movie, but for me, it was only quite good. The acting performance was really good, however, a lot of scenes is so unrealistic that it was almost hurting me. One may say that action movies do not have to be that realistic, but it should be at least convincing.

The plot twist itself is really interesting and it has potential to become a great movie.

I don’t regret that I saw this movie, and despite the negatives, I would recommend it.

My rate:6/10

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Directed by Guy Ritchie.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Eric Bana and more.

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A story of Arthur and his journey to become a legendary King of Camelot.

The movie is visually beautiful. The scenes are amazing. Also, the music is really good and it highlights the climate created by Guy Ritchie. The story itself is ok. The first part of the movie is much better than the second one. But still, I would consider it as a really good one. I enjoyed it and for sure I will re-watch it one day.

My rate: 8/10

“The Iron King” by Maurice Druon

Publish date: 1955

Genre: Historical fiction

The first book in the series “The Accursed Kings”. The book tells the story of Philip the Fair, the king of France, who rules the country with an iron hand. The main plot twists are the Templars’ trial, which results in the Grand Master Jacques de Molay death and scandal in the royal family when it was discovered that the three wives of Philip’s sons are unfaithful.

The book itself is nicely written and easy to read. Maurice Druon did an incredible job presenting the characters. After introducing the characters to the book, I could understand their motives and what lies behind their thoughts. The story is great. Given that there are many references to French history, I learned a lot about France under the Capetian dynasty. I was so intrigued, what was fiction and what was the truth that I was looking for more information. And this is also a plus for me.

My rate: 8/10

Assasin’s Creed

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

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I am not a games fan, so I cannot review this movie by comparing it to the game. It’s just about the movie. Thanks to special technology Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences memories of his ancestor in 15th Century Spain. He has to find the hidden object. So it’s typical quest movie. Despite great actors ( Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons) it was boring. The plot is simple, and the action and fighting scenes do not attract attention. I am sure that I will forget about the movie soon.

The only positive aspect for me is the fact that  I know Malta where movie was shot, so funny thing for me was discovering locations.

My rate: 4/10

The King’s Speech

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey RushHelena Bonham Carter

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The movie based on true story of King George VI of the United Kingdom and his lifelong struggle to overcome his speech impediment. His wife hires an Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue in order to help him.

The movie tells a story about a friendship between the King and Lionel and historical events of that time. It was really pleasant to see it. Colin Firth was amazing as King George – you can really see how great actor he is. Really worth see it.

My rate: 9/10