Roundup: Movies reviewed during 2019

As a final farewell to 2019, I’ve gathered the movies I reviewed in 2019 along with short plot synopses.

Top picks are highlighted in yellow. Stinkers are prefixed with *.

  • Taxi to the Dark Side (2007): Searing documentary about the use of torture in the war on terror centered on horrifying kidnapping and torture of Dilawar: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Qi
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018): Documentary about the life and work the beloved children programming pioneer Fred Rogers: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Qr
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2000): An imaginative beyond-the-scenes look at the making of Nosferatu: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1R4
  • Pawn Sacrifice (2015): A documentary deep-dive into life of Bobby Fischer and the Cold War as it played out in the world of chess tournaments: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Rl
  • The Incredibles (2004): Whimsical animation about a family of superheroes and their attempt to integrate into society after the use of superpowers was internationally banned: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Ru
  • Incredibles 2 (2018): Long-awaited animated sequel to The Incredibles that focuses on reviving the reputation of superheroes and restoring their status in society. Tackles issues of male-female roles in the family, society, and workplace: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1RJ
  • East of Eden (1955): Drama based on John Steinbeck’s novel where a son seeks the approval of his demanding father in Depression era California: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1S4
  • Bill Nye: The Science Guy (2017): Balanced documentary about Bill Nye, a beloved icon in children programming and an advocate of science education: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Sd
  • We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013): A documentary that provides another look at Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and their rise and fall: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Sl
  • The Big Short (2015): An interesting look at the 2008 recession that seeks to educate about the mortgage crisis and financial instruments that helped bring about the crisis: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Sw
  • Bombshell: the Hedy Lamarr Story (2017): Documentary about the life of Hedy Lamarr, her contributions to technology, and the sad neglect of women in STEM: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1SE
  • The Favourite (2018): A look at 18th century England palace intrigue focused on Queen Anne and her right-hand women attendants: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1SE
  • Divide and Conquer (2018): An enlightening documentary on the life and times of Roger Ailes and the indelible impact he had on news, society, and politics: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1SU
  • The Tailor of Panama (2001): Adaptation of John le Carre novel where British ex-pat in Panama is pulled into a web of deceit to enrich a banished British spy: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1T2
  • The Death of Stalin (2017): Black comedy about the death of Stalin and the immediate aftermath in a top-heavy, consensus-driven hierarchy full of backstabbing and machinations but unable to act decisively: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1T2
  • The Post (2017): Outstanding documentary about the rise of the Washington Post during the tenure of Katherine Graham and Ben Bradlee and its biggest test with the Pentagon Papers: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Tf
  • Columbus (2017): Story on family relationships, life junctures, and architecture based in the small- town architectural mecca of Columbus, Indiana: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1Tn
  • Battle of the Sexes (2017): Drama recounts the rising star of Billy Jean King, the challenge for equal pay in the tennis circuit, and televised match between King and male star Bobbie Riggs: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1TL
  • Jane (2017): Documentary from recently discovered footage of Jane Goodall in the field with chimpanzees in the 1960s: https://wp.me/p3Kx2j-1TW

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