Ad Astra (2019)
Well-meaning, stylish and sometimes thought-provoking science-ficiton, with a definite emphasis on the fiction part of the label. In a near future, the earth is in a semi-state of chaos, and humanity is looking outward more than inward (again). Luckily, writer/director James Gray (Little Odessa, The Immigrant) isn't pre-occupied with the usual evil-is-lurking-around-every-corner narrative. This is an attempt at thoughtful filmmaking. It's just that most of the thoughts are coming directly from Brad Pitt's echoed voice-over, which is still ringing in my ears. With Tommy Lee Jones, who's inspirational as always in the few scenes we get to share with him, and Liv Tyler who plays Brad Pitt's girlfriend in what must be a good contender for most unthankful role ever.