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Movies to See Right Now

We’ve had a surge of universally acclaimed movies open in Silicon Valley: Darkest Hour, Novitiate and The Shape of Water, along with The Disaster Artist (which looks like a hoot and a half).  The Florida Project and Pixar’s Coco have … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: THE BIG SICK

The Must See romantic comedy The Big Sick is the closest thing to a perfect movie this summer. Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh in Silicon Valley) plays a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian whose parents insist on arranging a marriage with a Muslim Pakistani … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

The prestige movies are rolling out in theaters and I’ve already added two Must Sees to my Best Movies of 2017 – So Far: Lady Bird , an entirely fresh coming of age comedy that explores the mother-daughter relationship – an … Continue reading

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BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY: the world’s most beautiful woman and her secrets

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is the riveting biopic of a glamorous movie star who invented and patented the precursor to wireless technology; that’s amazing enough, but Bombshell delves deeply into how Lamarr’s stunning face, her Jewish heritage, and mid-century … Continue reading

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Stream of the Week: LOUDER THAN BOMBS – an intricately constructed family drama

Norwegian writer-director Joachim Trier’s new film Thelma is rolling out, so it’s a good time to check in with his recent – and overlooked – American movie Louder Than Bombs.  All of Trier’s work (with his writing partner Eskil Vogt) … Continue reading

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WESTERN: alienated man goes native

In the evocative and thought-provoking German drama Western, a crew of German hardhats sets up a construction camp on a remote Bulgarian mountainside to build a water power plant.  They aren’t cultural tourists and certainly not diplomats, and they see … Continue reading

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI: raw emotion and dark hilarity

In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a powerful combination of raw emotions and dark hilarity, Frances McDormand plays Mildred, a small town woman consumed by the unsolved murder of her daughter.  Mildred doesn’t have the power to solve the murder … Continue reading

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Movies to See Right Now

For your Thanksgiving viewing pleasure, complete with four new movie recommendations, here are my picks for the long weekend. My top two recommendations are Lady Bird , an entirely fresh coming of age comedy that explores the mother-daughter relationship – … Continue reading

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LADY BIRD: genuine and entirely fresh

In Greta Gerwig’s triumphant debut as a writer-director, Lady Bird, Saoirse Ronan plays Christine, a Sacramento teen in her final year of high school. I’ve seen lots of good coming of age movies and lots of high school movies, but … Continue reading

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THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED): who cares and why?

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), writer-director Noah Baumbach’s latest family comedy, is entirely character-driven (usually a very good thing). We really don’t see anything on screen that isn’t intended to reveal something about a character – a man’s lack … Continue reading

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