Films

Film Review: Last Flag Flying

November 10, 2017
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Time heals all wounds, mostly Here’s an interesting number, 18, which is the number of feature films directed by Richard Linklater. He’s made a film about rootless Austin hipsters, a film about 70’s high school escapades, a film about 80’s college escapades, a film about opening a school of rock, a film about a ragtag […]

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Film Review: A Bad Moms Christmas

November 1, 2017
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Mediocre sequel deserves a lump of coal          With A Bad Moms Christmas, writer/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore try in vain to recapture the success of Bad Moms, their smart, funny, and truthful comedy from last year about overextended and overwhelmed modern day moms. They should have left well enough alone; not […]

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Film Review: Suburbicon

October 27, 2017
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Clooney emulates the Coens in adequate film noir       George Clooney is clearly a huge fan of the Coen Brothers. After starring in four of their films (Hail, Caesar!; Burn After Reading; O Brother, Where Art Thou; Intolerable Cruelty), he tries his hand at directing one of their screenplays with Suburbicon, marking his first […]

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Film Review: The Snowman

October 20, 2017
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This Snowman will leave you cold        Whenever a movie is based on a book, there are always those who will passionately argue that “the book was better.” Sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong, but, in the case of The Snowman, which opens today, I firmly believe the-book-is-better-crowd is correct, and I […]

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Film Review: Dina

October 20, 2017
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Love, across the spectrum There are a few times in our lives when we as individuals, full of our specific collections of flaws and the fantastic, must navigate our way through life-changing and unforgettable events: school dance, funeral for a family member, wedding. Most of us struggle during these times to balance our individual responses […]

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Film Review: Marshall

October 13, 2017
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A portrait of the justice as a young attorney       You would be forgiven for assuming that a film that takes as its title the last name of its protagonist would be an all inclusive, sweeping biopic about that individual. But director Reginald Hudlin and the father/son writing team of Michael and Jacob Koskoff […]

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Film Review: The Mountain Between Us

October 6, 2017
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Kate, Idris, and a dog battle the elements: Who will survive!?       I’ve always been a sucker for a good old fashioned, human-versus-the-elements survival story; 127 Hours is one of my all-time favorite films, and Everest, Into the Wild, and even Alive all captured my imagination and left me pondering the strength of my own […]

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Film Review: Battle of the Sexes

September 22, 2017
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Stone and Carell serve up a winner in still timely ’70s tennis drama       Opening nearly 44 years to the day after the famous tennis match it’s named after, Battle of the Sexes chronicles the much publicized and widely watched (90 million viewers tuned in worldwide) 1973 match between then 29-year-old women’s champion […]

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Film Review: Brad’s Status

September 22, 2017
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A midlife crisis worth watching: Stiller shines in funny and poignant story   Ben Stiller, who can play middle-age angst like no one else (see While We’re Young, for example), is in fine form in writer/director Mike White’s new film Brad’s Status. Although the film’s premise about a soon-to-be-50 straight white man facing an existential […]

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Film Review: mother!

September 15, 2017
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If a stranger knocks at your front door… Standing before an unpainted bedroom wall, a young and thoroughly domesticated woman ponders which shade of eggshell will look just so. She mixes up a tester, applies a strip, and steps back to regard her work. Elsewhere an older man inhabits his writing study, conjuring magic onto […]

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