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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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The Environmental Film Fest in DC Metro Area March 15th to 25th

Starting March 15th and extending through March 25th, the Environmental Film Festival brings over 100 films that celebrate Earth and inspire stewardship of the environment to metropolitan DC. This fest is the largest environmentally theme film festival in the world, which in itself is exciting for those in the area who love animals, nature, and …

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A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review: So Centered in Joy, Cynics Need Not Apply

Sparkle alert!  If you’ve seen any of the trailers for the highly-publicized cinematic rendering of Madeline L’Engle’s classic 1962 children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time, you know sparkle figures prominently. Director Ava DuVernay, who has the distinction of being the first women of color to direct of live action film with a budget over 100 …

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Oh Lucy! Film Review: Messy Change Makes for Great Film

The new indie release Oh Lucy, from Japanese-American writer/director Atsuko Hirayanagi, examines the life of Setsuko (Shinobu Terajima), a lonely, chain-smoking woman of a certain age.  It’s the sort of film that captures well-crafted characters undergoing real change, with all the messiness, hilarity, and unpleasantness attached to it. After being confronted with mortality, Setsuko says …

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