Drama

Collette (2018)

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Collette (2018)

If Colette earns any kind of affection from Oscar come Spring, it will no doubt be for two things, one is Kiera Knightly who gives her best performance in years, and for the film’s glorious look.  In large part, the look of the film is what stays with you, particularly the contrast between the candle-lit […]

| November 20, 2018
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Disobedience (2018)

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Disobedience (2018)

I suppose there exists in me a certain affection for stories about passion that aren’t afraid to be overstated.  I mean, why mince words?  Disobedience opens with such a moment, as the respected Rabbi Rav Krushka of an Orthodox Jewish congregation in London gives an effecting sermon about the tricky place that human beings occupy […]

| November 20, 2018
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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

There was once a time when the release of a new Spike Lee joint came with a set of expectations.  You knew that a new film by this most inflammatory of American directors would not only piss you off but would challenge your perceptions about the uneasy American racial landscape.  He looked it dead in […]

| August 11, 2018
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God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)

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God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness (2018)

I could write long essays about all of the things that are fundamentally wrong with God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness but the issue that would most likely rise to the top would be its bizarre outlook on violent crime.  The fact that it gets legal procedures completely wrong is not surprising if you’re […]

| March 31, 2018
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Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

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Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

There isn’t a single person who will see Fifty Shades Freed that won’t walk into this movie with the same expectation, and yet I suspect that most will walk out feeling a little let down.  You want sex, right?  You want kinky?  You want the full BDSM treatment?  Well, look elsewhere because it’s barely here.  […]

| February 12, 2018
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The 15:17 to Paris

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The 15:17 to Paris

Did Clint Eastwood actually direct this mess?  That Clint Eastwood.  The man who has become as big a legend behind the camera as he did in front of it?  The man who directed The Outlaw Josey Wales?  Bronco Billy?  Unforgiven?  The Bridges of Madison County?  Million Dollar baby?  Mystic River?  Changling?  What happened here?  The […]

| February 9, 2018
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Phantom Thread (2017)

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Phantom Thread (2017)

Reynolds Woodcock is a genius with a needle and thread.  As London’s top designer he works in women’s fashion the way that most artists work in water colors or clay.  From this medium he exudes a mastery of the art in its purest form, shaping and sizing a woman’s body into a garment that looks […]

| January 25, 2018
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I, Tonya (2017)

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I, Tonya (2017)

I don’t really give much thought to Tonya Harding.  To be honest, there really isn’t much to think about.  I know the bare bones of her 25 year-old scandal which I hardly paid attention to even then.  I know she was tossed out of the United States Figure Skating Association over an assault on Nancy […]

| December 9, 2017
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