Category Archives: Cinequest

THE COMMUNE: funny funny squirm

In the Danish family drama The Commune, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) is an architecture professor married to the television newscaster Anna (Trine Dyrholm). Erik is very reserved, tends to be harsh and does not suffer fools. Anna is bubbly. They have … 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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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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Cinequest: THE COMMUNE

In the Danish family drama The Commune, Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) is an architecture professor married to the television newscaster Anna (Trine Dyrholm).  Erik is very reserved, tends to be harsh and does not suffer fools.  Anna is bubbly.  They have … Continue reading

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Cinequest: UNA

The psychological suspense movie Una revolves around two twisted people, one of whom has been damaged by trauma.  Here’s what the audience can be confident really happened: at age 14, Una (Rooney Mara) was seduced by a much older man, … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE OTTOMAN LIEUTENANT

The adventure romance The Ottoman Lieutenant, which had its world premiere at Cinequest and is now playing in theaters, is SO bad, so LAUGHABLY bad, that it’s hard to predict whether it will be quickly forgotten or linger in our … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: MEET THE HITLERS

Because Cinequest is underway, my video pick is from the 2015 festival: in the documentary Meet the Hitlers, we are introduced to those few people who choose NOT to change their birth name of “Hitler”. And it’s a varied bunch. … Continue reading

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