Catch me if you can (US, 2002): 

Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye. 

Written by: Jeff Nathanson. 

Directed by: Steven Spielberg. 

Genre: Biographical crime.  

Running time: 141 mins. 

Curiosities: The film is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale.

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Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is the typical 1960s American boy from a good family. However, the sudden financial collapse of his father and the divorce of his parents force him to leave home and invent a new life. He obtained a Pan Am pilot uniform, forged airline checks, pretended to be a doctor and then a lawyer. In a short period, Frank, who changes identity faster than his clothes, becomes one of the priorities of the FBI and in particular of the agent Hanratty, expert in bank fraud. An unusual filial relationship will eventually develop between the two. 

Brilliant, innovative, entertaining.

Score: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Available on: YouTube, Netflix.

Trailer: click here

The life ahead (Italy, 2020)

Starring: Sophia Loren, Ibrahima Gueye

Written by: Edoardo Ponti and Ugo Chiti

Directed by: Edoardo Ponti

Genre: drama

Running time: 94 min

Curiosities: it is a modern adaptation of the french book La vie devant soi, written by French author Romain Gary, who published it under the name of Emile Ajar. In 1977, it was already adapted into a film Madame Rosa, directed by Moshé Mizrahi, and starring the French legendary actress Simone Signoret. The film won the Oscar for the best foreign language film.

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In Bari, a twelve-year-old Senegalese-Italian orphan named Momo fends for himself, stealing. He lives with Mr Coen, until the point he is brought to Madame Rosa that takes care of the children of some prostitutes. She is an old woman who survived from holocaust. She decides to take care of Momo in exchange for a monthly rent. Despite the many difficulties at the beginning, as Momo was dealing with people who are anything but reliable, in fact he will soon find himself working for a drug dealer. Their relationship then turns out into a beautiful friendship. Madame Rosa, however, begins to feel the shortcomings that occur more and more frequently over time. Doctor Cohen realizes that the woman’s mind is no longer as clear as before and yet another illness leads her to the hospital. Momo understands at this moment how much he cares about Madame Rosa, so he decides to break all relations with the criminals.

Emotional, memorable, powerful

Score: ⭐⭐⭐/5 

Available on: Netflix

Trailer: Click Here. 

The Trail of Chicago 7 (2020)

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne

Written by: Aaron Sorkin

Directed by: Aaron Sorkin

Genre: Historical Drama 

Running time: 129 min 

During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, there were massive demonstrations against the Vietnam War, which was reaching its peak. When a curfew was finally instated, this led to even further protests, eventually leading to a police riot. Following this, seven of the demonstrators (Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, John Froines, Tom Hayden, Lee Weiner, and David Dellinger) were tried for conspiracy. What follows is an unfair trial presided over by the belligerent Judge Hoffman. Along the way, the Chicago 7 clash in their political philosophies even as they learn they need each other in this fight.


True story based, brillant, thought provoking 

Score: ⭐⭐⭐/5 

Available on: Netflix 

Trailer : Click Here.   

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