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After a series of overhyped but ultimately underwhelming movies (Lemuel Lorca's Echorsis, Adolf Alix Jr.'s Whistleblower) comes Unlucky Plaza, an OFW-themed ensemble drama that is as significant for its narrative pertinence as it is for its director's ability to engrossingly spin interconnected tales.
They represented an alluring challenge for Lukas Polak, who, to my taste, occasionally applies an overly elliptical vibrato, yet has succeeded in presenting them, the Rondo drammatico in particular, so forcibly and engrossingly that I have not the slightest doubt as to his great artistry.
Opens Friday THE STARS Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey THE VERDICT An engrossingly look at the African-American struggle for civil rights as seen from a unique perspective - through the eyes of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker), a gentle man who rises from a racist house in segregated Georgia to a job in the White House for presidents including Kennedy, Eisenhower and Reagan.
Daly engrossingly shows the inevitable progression of electricity from a novelty to its role in the criminal justice system: New York's 1882 Electrical Execution Act that ended the use of hanging for capital punishment.
Singing is of a uniformly impressive quality from the entire cast, athletic, deftly embellished, sparky at times, engrossingly heartfelt at others.
9 The Wanderer (Avishai Sivan)The Israeli filmmaker's debut feature about a yeshiva student with troubled ultra-Orthodox parents and a testicular malady remains engrossingly oblique until its unfortunate finale.
A tender and poignant film, Awakenings successfully marries an engrossingly human story with two wonderful central performances.
It is a small leap from the behavioral engineering, the cheerful acceptance of mortality, the soma narcoses, and the engrossingly tactile "feelies" of Brave New World to the California of After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, with its immortality research, suntanned athleticism, Beverly Pantheon, and cinema.
As stealthily revealed in the late Kevin Elyot's engrossingly plotted 1994 tragicomedy "My Night With Reg," the deeds of the title character wreak havoc in the interlocked lives of six friends.
Archaeology, conceptual thinking, mathematics, and the successful reconstruction of the mechanism all are engrossingly presented.
Partially shot at Chatsworth and meticulous in its period detail, it's an engrossingly fascinating complex story of female friendship, class, infidelity, celebrity and the emotional chasm of a sham marriage.
In The Gaudy Presence, 1999-2000, meanwhile, an ugly red flatfish rendered in lovely gestural brushwork splits in half to spill a full-color inner world that is at once gross and engrossingly beautiful.