“Viceroy’s House” by Gurinder Chadha (UK, 2017)

Viceroy's House

The weak romance story is offset by a good depiction of the historical and political events surrounding the departure of the English from India.
At one moment in the movie, the partition of India is compared to that of Palestine and of Ireland, other British colonies that have suffered greatly, without however digging deeper into the subject.

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal, Simon Callow, Om Puri, Lily Travers, Huma Qureshi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Writer: Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Moira Buffini
Cinematographer: Ben Smithard
Editor: Valerio Bonelli, Victoria Boydell
Composer: A.R. Rahman

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“Detroit” by Kathlyn Bigelow (USA, 2017)

Detroit

Begins as an historical drama, and ends as a case of racism, abuse, and corruption by the police

Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Jack Reynor, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben O’Toole, Anthony Mackie
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Writer: Mark Boal
Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd
Editor: William Goldenberg, Harry Yoon
Composer: James Newton Howard

“Alias Grace” by Mary Harron (Canada, 2017)

Alias Grace

The many facets of truth!
Gender roles in Victorian Canada / Excellent female lead

Cast: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, David Cronenberg, Anna Paquin
Director: Mary Harron
Script: Margaret Atwood, Sarah Polley
Cinematography: Brendan Steacy
Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna

“Maudie” by Aisling Walsh (Ireland, 2016)

Maudie

Happiness doesn’t need much and can be learned.
One negative point: Ethan Hawke doesn’t fit the personage.

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett, Kari Matchett
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writer: Sherry White
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree
Editor: Stephen O’Connell
Composer: Michael Timmins

“Lords Of Dogtown” by Catherine Hardwicke (USA, 2005)

Lords Of Dogtown

Great direction and camera work

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Michael Angarano, Nikki Reed, Heath Ledger, Rebecca De Mornay, Johnny Knoxville
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Stacy Peralta
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography by Elliot Davis
Film Editing by Nancy Richardson

“Most Beautiful Island” by Ana Asensio (USA, 2017)

Most Beautiful Island

” BIG APPLE BIG DREAMS” – Excellent first feature

Cast: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci, Larry Fessenden
Screenplay: Ana Asensio
Director: Ana Asensio
Director of Photography: Noah Greenberg
Music by Jeffery Alan Jones
Film Editing by Carl Ambrose, Francisco Bello