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The Seagull Movie Review: Russian Classic as Counter-programming

There’s a new version of one of playwright Anton Chekhov’s most famous plays, The Seagull, being released on film this weekend. With Anette Bening, Saoirse Ronan and Elizabeth Moss heading up a great ensemble cast, this incarnation is directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony Award for directing Spring Awakening on Broadway, from as interpreted …

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RBG Review: This Doc Shows Ruth Bader Ginsburg Giving Superhero Realness

I’m sure you all have heard about how audiences assembled for Avengers: Infinity War. The Marvel superhero movie has broken the record for the biggest opening weekend ever.  This weekend, another film, which features the closest thing to a real superhero we have in the US, is opening, and will make a great companion piece, …

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Lean On Pete Review: Elegiac, Heartbreaking, and Great

Lean on Pete is by acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years), and is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. The story is centered on fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer), who is new to Portland, Oregon, having been brought by his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel). Ray’s life starts falling apart, but Charley’s starts looking up …

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You Were Never Really Here Review: Joe Brings the Hammer, Artistry Should Bring Audiences

It took six years from the success of We Need to Talk about Kevin to the release of writer/director Lynne Ramsay’s new film, You Were Never Really Here, which opens nationally this weekend. Based on a novella by writer and raconteur Jonathan Ames, the story is about Joe (Joaquin Pheonix), a veteran with PTSD, who tracks down and …

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A Quiet Place Movie Review: Some Sweet and Seriously Scary Shhhhhhhhh**

The new way, apparently, to break into Hollywood’s directors A-list, is to make a metaphoric tale dressed as a genre film.  John Krasinski helms the new horror release A Quiet Place, after trying his hand with several episodes of The Office, the show in which he starred, and the 2016 indie feature The Hollars.  He …

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Ready Player One Review: For a fun ride, toss the book aside

Are you, like me, a huge fan of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One?  Are you going to see the movie? Well, abandon all memory of the book, all ye who enter here. The filmmakers behind this week’s major release Ready Player One, including King of the Hollywood hill, Steven Spielberg, understandably had to make some …

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Tomb Raider & Flower Movie Reviews: Of Cinematic Daddy Issues and Self-destruction

Opening in our area this and next weekend are two films that seem very unlike each other, given that one is a small indie film with an up-and-coming ingenue, and the other is led by an Oscar winner in the prime of her career.  Upon further inspection however, Flower, starring Zoey Deutch, and Tomb Raider, …

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