Specialty Releases

“Their Finest” Delights with Bittersweet Take on War Propaganda

Their Finest (Lone Scherfig, 2017) 4 out of 4 stars. The worst thing about Their Finest is its generic title, which offers no indication of the magical whimsy within. Otherwise, it is a charming, bittersweet cinematic confection that tells the … Continue reading

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“T2 Trainspotting” Lacks the Quirky Originality of the First Film, Yet Works as a Mostly Worthy Sequel

T2 Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 2017) 3 out of 4 stars How does one make a sequel to a 21-year-old cult hit and make it interesting for fans both old and new? Such is the conundrum faced by director Danny Boyle (Steve … Continue reading

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“Wilson” Flouts Convention and Almost Gets Away with It

Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Salesman

Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian writer-director with a knack for profound dramas (“About Elly”, “A Separation”, “The Past”), returns with “The Salesman”, another heartfelt story branded with uncomfortable dualities. The nature of this tale, set and shot in Tehran, will make … Continue reading

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Film Review: Manchester by the Sea

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – ***1/2 OUT OF 4 Director-screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan has thus far made just three films-“You Can Count on Me” (2000), “Margaret” (2011) and his most recent “Manchester by the Sea” all of which revolve around the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Moonlight

Moonlight – **** OUT OF 4 Director-writer Barry Jenkins’ second feature follows a young, gay black man’s coming of age in Miami. Although the film feels autobiographical, it is actually based on a short unproduced play called “In Moonlight Black … Continue reading

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Review of 13 Cameras

Business may be booming for surveillance and security companies, but that hasn’t necessarily made the world a safer place. The increasing prevalence of surveillance cameras means we’re always being watched – but by whom? Everyday, cameras record our daily comings … Continue reading

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Flawed “Mojave” Still Shows Oscar Isaac at His Best

Oscar Isaac is on fire. The half Guatemalan, half Cuban actor is Hollywood’s next big thing, despite still living in Brooklyn. 2015 saw this prolific actor accepting a role in Star Wars as the courageous fighter pilot Poe Dameron, as … Continue reading

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Review: The True Cost

“Fast fashion” is a business model that encourages people to buy unnecessary amounts of disposable clothing that will be worn only a few times. It moves clothing as quickly as possible from expensive runway items to cheap knock-offs. For example, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Room

Of all the award-winning novels that could be adapted to screen, Emma Donoghue’s 2010 bestseller Room proves to be one of the most challenging to portray. For one thing, the story is told from the point of view of five-year-old … Continue reading

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