What's most passionate about Mike Leigh's depiction of famous painter JMW Turner is the passing of time and its expectations of an artist. Full review can be read read here.
Mann is still a cinema god to me, but his latest doesn't sizzle like previous efforts. No one quite does shoot outs and stabbings like him though. Full review here
Ava DuVernay's "Selma" features several kinetic set pieces and even more electric conversations as we witness the formation and organization of the civil rights march through Alabama in 1965. It's well crafted, at times moving, yet left me a bit distanced. The film is at its best when it slows down and examines the diverse group of people- homegrown grass roots organizers, out of town leaders, victims of violence and MLK himself- hammering out their varying sentiments and methods for the movement. It's in the discourse that "Selma" differentiates itself, becoming more of a philosophical debate on the "whys" and "hows" rather than the documented travesties of law enforcement and government. That happened, of course, and must be shown within the context of the film, even swelling the outrage, but the film really strikes at its intelligent heart when its just people, ideas and conflicting emotions behind those ingrained black and white images.