Doll Face (2021)32K
Doll Face: Directed by Stuart Paul. With Alix Villaret, Steven Paul, Patrick Hogue, Jeremiah Benjamin. When the beautiful yet timid Marmalade inherits her grandmother’s palatial condo, there is an odd string attached: she must care for each and every doll in her grandmother’s extensive collection, or lose her inheritance. Quickly, she begins to notice that something-or someone-sinister is at work as one by one, the dolls are found murdered. Marmalade soon learns that an evil curse may be to blame, and that she must break it before it comes for her.
“The Wizard of Lies chronicles the infamous Wall Street meltdown that was Madoffu0026#39;s Billion Dollar Ponzi scheme in Barry Levinsonu0026#39;s woefully flawed but still engaging film. Starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pffeifer, The Wizard of Lies features a strong cast of seasoned actors that give their best on screen. De Niro particularly is very strong here and gives his best performance in close to a decade. However, the film suffers from a broken and jumbled script that leaves for a somewhat confusing watch.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film begins with an interview between Madoff and the subsequent author of his unofficial biography. He begins telling the story at the end of the meltdown on the eve of his arrest and starts from there. From here on out, weu0026#39;re told the story in chunks and pieces, from one perspective to another and totally abandons all formality regarding coherent storytelling. Instead, Levinson creates a deeply personal character study that paints Madoff as a sociopath and a white collar criminal mastermind who would rather blame the victim than himself. While it is engrossing to see De Niro as Madoff, it is barely enough to sustain its bloated runtime.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe film is engrossing to watch. Thereu0026#39;s no denying it but as the minutes ticked by, it all started to feel redundant. It was more so just dragging the entire Madoff family through hell for the remaining hour of the film and it becomes exhausting after awhile. In a way it was very much a Greek tragedy of epic proportions that just didnu0026#39;t seem to end and by the time it decided it wanted to, you were already checked out 10 minutes prior. Despite this, the ending is satisfying for those wanting to see karma at its best or a tragedy at its worst, whatever way you want to look at it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOverall, The Wizard of Lies is a missed opportunity more so than not. While it is great to see De Niro and Pfeiffer in top forms, it would have been nice to get a more coherent script from a story that literally writes itself. While anyone expecting a film in the vein of The Big Short will be let down by this, The Wizard of Lies benefits from being a deep character study that shines a (small) light of one of the most tragic mysteries of the 2008 financial crisis.”