The year is not yet over, and there are several interesting releases on the horizon.

In the while, I wrote down a small chart of movies I’ve seen and loved this year, between sacred and profane, between author movies and ones for the general public. A status report while waiting for seeing the latest by Scorsese, the new movie Chazelle, and the acclaimed return of Mel Gibson. Let’s wait and see!

Arrival, by Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve is one of the most interesting author of the last years, no doubt! His first movie, Incendies got an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language movie, and since then he has never stopped surprising us, keeping us on a razor’s edge with gems like Prisoners, and the latest Sicario.

With Arrival he makes the debut with flying colors in the science fiction: he is now shooting the sequel of Blade Runner. The main characters here are Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, respectively a physicist and a linguist, struggling with mysterious alien spacecraft came down to earth with an indecipherable message.

Arrival is a film that raises questions about our perception of reality and time, our memories and our desires, and the difficulty of communicating not only with aliens but also with ourselves and our own counterparts.

Room, by Lenny Abrahamson

Room, by Lenny Abrahamson

It would be a crime revealing the plot of this gem. I recommend going to see it blindly, without looking for trailers or critics. All you need to know is that it’s one of the best films released this year.

Intense and exciting Room is a film about the world and the wonder, in a really conscious way, and without fear of facing painful issues, too. The actors are magnificent: it’s not by chance that the star Brie Larson won the Oscar for best actress for this movie.

Hail, Caesar!, by Coen Brothers

You can love or you can hate Coen Brothers’ movies. Personally, I love them. I love their absurd stories full of characters who seem coming from American literature.

No less Hail Caesar!, a movie set in Hollywood of the 50s, that follows the deeds of Eddie Mannix, devoted producer of the studios whose job is to ensure that everything goes smoothly from one set to another. Struggling with gossips, a mysterious kidnapping, directors and actors playing up, Eddie makes us live a story by biting and witty dialogue, that winks to the history of cinema and all its most famous genres: from westerns to musicals, passing through , of course, the “toga movies”.

Italian Race, by Matteo Rovere

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I admit that, initially, the poster with Stefano Accorsi with long hair and a pilot suit made me turn up my noses, and think “What a bullshit!”. But I had to change idea on this movie, sooo much. 

Italian movie with a quality and a style definitively international, Italian race speeds along the track from a GT Championship race and the other, overwhelming us with a dense and touching family history. Matilda De Angelis, the main female character, is wonderful in the shoes of a racing driver fighting against everything and everyone.

10 Cloverfield Lane, by Dan Trachtenberg

Don’t hold it against me if I choose as last best of movie with “B series” film, leaving out authors like Malick or social and profound stories like Ken Loach –who triumphed at Cannes- but I must admit that I was surprised by this small and claustrophobic film, released on the sly.

Hitchcock style movie that keeps you glued to the chair, without disappointing regarding the final surprise.

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Room, di Lenny Abrahamson

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