Ad Astra
First screened in September 2019 / Most recently screened in February 2020
Director: James Gray. Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Greg Bryk, John Finn, John Ortiz, Sean Blakemore, Loren Dean, Kimberly Elise, Ravi Kapoor, Donnie Keshawarz, Bobby Nish, Alyson Reed, Freda Foh Shen, Kimmy Shields. Screenplay: James Gray and Ethan Gross.

Twitter Capsule: Sounds and looks amazing; duel between opulent craft and doleful drift. Shape, theme clear and yet not, in curious ways.

VOR:   First two-thirds or so feel indispensable, with tight and unusual scene construction and elliptical approach to ideas. Last act is a drop.

Photo © 2019 20th Century Fox

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Sound: Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, and Mark Ulano

Other Awards:
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Use of Visual Effects

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