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Quickie Reviews: Girls Trip; Dunkirk; Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

This film is trippin’! It may not garner any Oscar nominations, but it’s definitely the most fun option of the week for anyone in the mood for a comedic escape. Girls Trip delivers what Rough Night failed to just a few weeks ago… and that’s a raunchy yet relatable female ensemble comedy in the spirit of the highly-successful Bridesmaids.

Force Majeure

There is a lot of buzz around Force Majeure, a Swedish relationship drama. They LOVED it at Cannes, it is Sweden’s Oscar entry, and the Foreign Press has just nominated it as best foreign language film. But the question to me is, does it appeal more to European audiences than Americans? I liked it and I think it is a well-done film with a compelling question at its center, but best film?

Beyond the Hills (Dupa dealuri)

Director Cristian Mungiu’s film Beyond the Hills takes place in a remote monastery in Romania, where two young women who grew up together in an orphanage are reunited with tragic results. The screenplay is adapted from the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, which were based on actual events. It’s one of those films where you can feel right away that something is wrong, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. The two lead actresses Cosmina Stratan (Voichita) and Cristina Flutur (Alina) shared the best actress award at Cannes and are outstanding as they bring this quietly riveting story to life.

WGA Best of 2010