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Film Review: MARRIAGE STORY

It builds to a sensational, illuminating scene between Johansson and Driver, then slips when Driver, who does have a strong singing voice, uses the film to audition for a Broadway musical. It’s tough to make a film about marriage. You … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Marriage Story” Offers the Beautiful Catharsis of Divorce

Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. An alternately comedic and heartbreaking tale of divorce, Marriage Story begins with two passionate declarations of love, from each participant in the impending drama. Charlie (Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman) goes first, delivering … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trial by Fire” Offers Unpleasant Truths

Trial by Fire (Edward Zwick, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. Trial by Fire, from director Edward Zwick (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) is the kind of film that trolls for your sympathy through rich veins of sentiment that mask … 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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Exquisite “Certain Women” Showcases Four Brilliant Actresses of Our Day

Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars Set in wintry Montana, Certain Women – the sixth full-length feature from Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff) – offers a narrative scope as majestic as the mountains we glimpse in the distance, with a focus as narrow … Continue reading

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