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PERSONAL SHOPPER: Kristin Stewart can’t save this mess

Kristen Stewart’s brilliant performance isn’t enough to save Olivier Assaya’s murky French drama Personal Shopper.  Stewart plays a woman who is working as a personal shopper for an obnoxious celebrity, but she really identifies as a medium. She is grieving … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – disabled by grief, can he step up to responsibility?

The powerfully affecting drama Manchester by the Sea centers on the New England janitor Lee (Casey Affleck), who must take over care of his dead brother’s teenage son Patrick (Lucas Hedges). The searing performance by Affleck and the masterful story-telling … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

Okay, I’m exhausted from Cinequest, and the Oscar movies have drifted out of the theaters for the most part, so here we go: The little British drama The Sense of an Ending, with Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Charlotte Rampling, … Continue reading

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THE SENSE OF AN ENDING: you can’t revisit the past and guarantee closure

The veteran actor Jim Broadbent paints a remarkable portrait of Tony, the main character in the British drama The Sense of an Ending, and he makes it look easy. Retired and long-divorced, Tony is entirely comfortable is a solitary life … Continue reading

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THE LAST WORD: a forceful dose of Shirley MacLaine

In the comedy The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine plays a control freak of absolutely unstoppable will. This is a person who is obsessed with getting her own way on even the most inconsequential detail. She is living a wealthy retirement, … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: LOVING – the love story that made history

The landmark 1967 US Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia overturned state laws that banned interracial marriage. Loving is the story of the real couple behind that ruling, and it’s a satisfying love story of two modest people who would … Continue reading

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Cinequest 2017: Festival Wrap-up

We’ve completed a strong Cinequest 2017, and I’ve seen 33 feature films.   All of my feature writing on this year’s fest, along with recommendations on over twenty Cinequest 2017 films are on my CINEQUEST page.  Here are the festival highlights … Continue reading

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Cinequest: (re)ASSIGNMENT (now THE ASSIGNMENT)

In the gloriously pulpy revenge thriller The Assignment, a vengeful plastic surgeon (Sigourney Weaver) captures a hit man (Michelle Rodriguez) and performs sexual reassignment surgery on him, releasing a new hit woman (also Michelle Rodriguez) into the world – and … Continue reading

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Cinequest: CARRIE PILBY

The title character in the agreeable misfit comedy Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) is literally a genius, a girl with such high intelligence that she enrolled at Harvard at age 14. That experience proved to be better for her intellectual development … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE PROMISE

In a predictable trudge through the Armenian Genocide, The Promise delivers nothing that we haven’t seen before. Oscar Isaac plays an impoverished Armenian from the Anatolian outback who dreams of becoming a doctor. To afford medical school in Constantinople, he … Continue reading

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