Eric A. Gordon: The new film Vita & Virginia significantly places Virginia Woolf in second place—to Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), novelist and poet and garden designer married to the diplomat Sir Harold Nicolson (1886-1968)
Ed Rampell: What I loved about director/co-writer Hari Sama’s This is Not Berlin is that it immersed me (and I suspect most grinning Gringos and other non-Mexicans) into a world I’d never encountered before.
Ed Rampell: What elevates H&S above being a mere put your brain into neutral (or reverse!) mindless action pic is a strange South Seas interlude through a farfetched if happy plot point that takes Hobbs, Shaw and Hattie way down yonder to Samoa, birthplace of Hobbs.
Eric A. Gordon: It’s an odd kind of buddy movie, seeing how the older man uses the youth for constant companionship, including sharing one motel room after another.
The failure of the French government and courts to decisively support the strikers pushes them toward more direct action. At one point the German CEO is roughed up after a failed bargaining session.