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I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach’s affecting 2016 Palme d’Or winner “gives the lie to the myth that there are no films celebrating white working-class culture,” said The Washington Post. Before turning didactic, this drama about an English carpenter who’s struggling to get back into the workforce offers several scenes that are “small, shattering masterpieces.”
“A jaw-dropper on the level of craft and technique,” this murder mystery about Vincent van Gogh is composed of 65,000 individual frames hand-painted in the artist’s style, said The Boston Globe. Alas, the “wandering” screenplay turns hopelessly sentimental, reducing the movie to “a meticulous and mesmerizing work of kitsch.”
Young Mr. Lincoln
In the first of seven movies Henry Fonda made with director John Ford, the actor brings “an infectious level of charm” to his role as Illinois lawyer Abe Lincoln, said DVDTalk.com. It’s “far from John Ford’s greatest film,” but it’s an enjoyable historical drama, and the new Blu-ray edition highlights its beautiful black-and-white cinematography.