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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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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE HUNT

In honor of the opening of this year’s Cinequest, this week’s pick is the Danish drama The Hunt from the 2013 Cinequest.  Mads Mikkelsen plays a man whose life is ruined by a false claim of child sexual abuse. You’ll … Continue reading

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Stream of the week: PHOENIX – riveting psychodrama, wowzer ending

In the German psychological drama Phoenix, Nina Hoss plays Nelly, an Auschwitz survivor whose face has been destroyed by a Nazi gunshot; her sister has arranged for plastic surgery to reconstruct her face. When Nelly gets her new face, we … Continue reading

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THE TRIBE: a singular viewing experience, if you can stomach it

The Wife often mocks my taste in obscure or challenging foreign cinema, like the “Romanian abortion movie” and the “Icelandic penis movie”.  So I was looking forward to regaling her about the “Ukrainian deaf movie” The Tribe, which sparked much … Continue reading

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99 HOMES: desperation leads to indecency, then redemption

The opening scene of the brilliant psychological drama 99 Homes illustrates the life-and-death stakes of our nation’s foreclosure crisis.  It’s a topical film, but 99 Homes is emotionally raw and as intense as any thriller.  Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is … Continue reading

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PHOENIX: riveting psychodrama, wowzer ending

In the German psychological drama Phoenix, Nina Hoss plays Nelly, an Auschwitz survivor whose face has been destroyed by a Nazi gunshot; her sister has arranged for plastic surgery to reconstruct her face.  When Nelly gets her new face, we … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: WHIPLASH

J.K. Simmons deservedly won an Oscar for his performance in Whiplash , the drama about the line between motivation and abuse and the line between ambition and obsession. A young jazz drummer (Miles Teller of The Spectacular Now and Rabbit … Continue reading

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Cinequest: THE LIFE AFTER

In the Mexican drama The Life After, two brothers are raised by a very unreliable single mom.  When she disappears and leaves them on their own, they go on a road trip where the emotional damage she has wreaked on … Continue reading

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TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT: the limits of emotional endurance

In the Belgian drama Two Days, One Night, a factory worker (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard) finds out on Friday afternoon that she will be laid off unless she can convince nine of her sixteen co-workers to sacrifice their bonuses. She … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: BOYHOOD – the best movie of the decade?

Boyhood is a profoundly moving film – and I’m still trying to figure out why. It’s a family drama without a drop of emotional manipulation – there’s no big moment of redemption and no puppies are saved. It’s just about … Continue reading

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