Leo Brady reviews “20th Century Women,” “Split,” and “Trespass Against Us”



The dynamic of family, love, and living life that exist in Mike Mills newest film 20th Century Women is just about the greatest thing I have seen in a movie in a long time. Nothing about this movie feels phony or unnatural. The characters each carry their own weight, traumas, and experiences that have shaped and molded them, like the lumps of human clay that we are. With a phenomenal lead performance from Annette Bening, superb supporting work from young Lucas Jade Zumann, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, and Billy Crudup, 20th Century Women is a movie about people- some eccentric, some trying to survive- living life passionately in all of its messy glory.


The career of M. Night Shyamalan has been subjected to the critical highs and lows in Hollywood, but what the Sixth Sense writer/director can proudly say is that he has stuck to his guns, like Frank Sinatra, he’s done it his way. His newest psychological creeper- Split is a resounding success and has an impressively bonkers performance from James McAvoy. Or should I say performances? His portrayal of 23 different characters carries a lot of the weight, while Shyamalan strings the audience along with his originally wicked thriller style.


The entire concept of family is a funny thing. We are born into this world of parents, wether we like it or not, that will raise us with their beliefs and what they think is best. In the case of Trespass Against Us, it is a film that follows a father and son living in the slums of England, and displays the difficulty in what it takes to break the patterns that are passed down from generation to generation. In director Adam Smith’s directorial debut, he relies heavily on the strong performances of Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson to tell a story that is difficult to invest in.



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