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THEIR FINEST: the appealing side of propaganda

Rosie the Riveter meets Nora Ephron in Their Finest, where Gemma Arterton plays a wannabe secretary summoned to write the female dialogue in a British propaganda movie aimed at easing America into WW II.  Of course, she discovers that she … Continue reading

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THE LOST CITY OF Z: the historical adventure epic revived

In auteur James Gray’s sweeping turn of the 20th Century epic The Lost City of Z, a stiff-upper-lip type British military officer becomes the first European to probe into the deepest heart of unmapped Amazonia. Finding his way through the … 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: FOR GRACE

In the winning British dramedy For Grace, Ben (Andrew Keatley) is a young can-do guy who has started his own successful company. He’s adopted, so when he becomes a dad, it triggers a need for him to track down his … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: MAN UP – our dating insecurities revealed

Here’s a delightful movie that you haven’t seen – the grievously overlooked romantic comedy Man Up. The British Man Up had a very brief US theatrical run last November that did not even reach the Bay Area. I suspect that’s … Continue reading

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DOUGH: light, fluffy and empty

The British comedy Dough treads the familiar territory of the mismatched buddy movie, specifically the Old Guy/Young Guy type.  Dough is distinguished from the rest of the genre by a culture clash element and the eminent actor Jonathan Pryce.  The story … Continue reading

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EYE IN THE SKY: thriller meets thinker

Thriller meets thinker in Eye in the Sky, a parable from modern drone warfare.  Eye in the Sky poses this question: is it acceptable to neutralize the very worst evil in the world when it requires the simultaneous taking of … Continue reading

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MR. HOLMES: in old age, Sherlock reopens his final case

It’s 1947 and 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes has been self-exiled to the Dover coast in retirement for almost thirty years. He’s still keenly observant, but his memory is deteriorating with age, and he knows it. That’s a problem as he feels … Continue reading

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MR. HOLMES: in old age, Sherlock reopens his final case

It’s 1947 and 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes has been self-exiled to the Dover coast in retirement for almost thirty years.  He’s still keenly observant, but his memory is deteriorating with age, and he knows it.  That’s a problem as he feels … Continue reading

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QUEEN AND COUNTRY – a fine director reminisces

Queen and Country is director John Boorman’s autobiographical look back at his own young manhood. In 1987, Boorman’s Hope and Glory revisited his London childhood during WW II, and now we see Boorman’s experience as a very young man drafted … Continue reading

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