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Playing an also-ran just might bring Glenn Close Oscar glory, said AVClub.com. In this portrait of a gifted writer who has sacrificed all to the ambitions of her Nobel-winning husband, “it’s hard to take your eyes off of Close and her masterful, tightly controlled performance.”
“Space has never looked so sexy, nor felt so claustrophobic,” said the New York Post. But don’t look to Damien Chazelle’s biopic about Neil Armstrong for a charismatic Ryan Gosling performance. “For better or worse,” First Man is an honest portrait of an emotionally detached hero.
Fans of Dario Argento’s 1977 original may object, but this tale of a dance troupe run by witches “follows its own beat,” said the Los Angeles Times. Tilda Swinton plays an occultist Svengali to Dakota Johnson in a gorefest that’s partially redeemed by its “beautiful sense of design.”