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Film Review: Frantz

Respected French director François Ozon (“Under the Sand”, “Swimming Pool”, “8 Women”, “In the House”) is back with a post-war romantic drama that leaves us reflecting on life and its disappointments. He co-wrote the script of “Frantz” in collaboration with … Continue reading

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Slumming Through “Going in Style,” Three Masters Deliver Occasional Laughs

Going in Style (Zach Braff, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars. How the mighty have fallen. Let’s start with actor-turned-director Zach Braff (J.D. on ABC’s long-running Scrubs), whose marvelous 2004 filmmaking debut, Garden State, held such creative promise. Ten years … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Handmaiden

14 years ago, Korean director Park Chan-wook secured a huge legion of fans with his critically acclaimed thriller “Oldboy”, which later on was subjected to a lame American remake directed by Spike Lee. During the following years, Chan-wook came up … 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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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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Film Review: Salt

  Director Phillip Noyce is at the top of his game in this action, pop-corn thriller that plays more like a cartoon than a depiction of real life. Based on an original screenplay by Kurt Wimmer, this neo-Cold War thriller … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Kids Are All Right

    Director Lisa Cholodenko borrows the title for her latest film from a classic song by The Who and makes a strong statement about love and life in the 21st Century. The story revolves around a lesbian couple named Nic and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Inception

Dreams and movies have a long and storied history. But not since Alain Resnais’ controversial classic “Last Year At Marienbad” has a film plunged into the human subconscious with such bravado and style as “Inception”.  This first feature from director/screenwriter … Continue reading

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Film Review: Iron Man 2

With the same director, Jon Favreau, and DP, Matthew Libatique, this Marvel Comic franchise falls way short on the wit and invention of the original.

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