Four new film reviews from Danielle Solzman for Cultured Vultures

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STRONGER

Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany both deliver top-notch performances in the inspirational Stronger as the film defines what it means to be Boston Strong. Where some biopics lean towards the melodramatic route, Stronger doesn’t and it’s all the better for it. Directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay by John Pollono, the inspiring true story stars Gyllenhaal, Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown, and Lenny Clarke.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Battle of the Sexes could have taken the rivalry between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs to the next level, but Emma Stone and Steve Carell both deliver strong performances nonetheless. Directed by Little Miss Sunshine’s Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris with a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, the film stars Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Austin Stowell, and Natalie Morales.

VICTORIA AND ABDUL

Victoria and Abdul is an amusing dramedy that plays more to the comedic side as Queen Victoria befriends Abdul Karim, but it works better as a book. Directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Lee Hall, the period drama stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Paul Higgins, Robin Soans, Julian Wadham, Simon Callow, and Michael Gambon.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Kingsman: The Golden Circle takes us to the extremes at time, but so much fun was had during every minute of the film, even if ran longer than it should have. Directed by Matthew Vaughn from a screenplay written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman, the action comedy sequel stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. Kingsman is the brainchild of comic book creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.

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