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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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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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Call Me By Your Name Review: A Transcendent Tale of Two Men in Love

This weekend, Call Me By Your Name, the spellbinding meditation on coming-of-age as a gay young man in 80s rural Italy lands in art houses around the country.  It is a lyrical, mesmerizing, experience at the cinema that numbers among the best movies of the year. It is also one of the most moving portrayals …

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The Florida Project: This Indie is a Terrific yet Tough Watch

The buzz on The Florida Project is nearly deafening.  This feature film by Tangerine director Sean Baker is the story of six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Price) and her summer escapades and adventures navigating childhood as one of the hidden homeless. She lives in Orlando with her mother Halley (newcomer Bria Vinaite, who the director discovered on …

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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review: How Billie Jean King Changed Tennis Forever

The film about the famed Riggs vs. King match shows how little has changed: This week brings Battle of the Sexes, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the team that brought us the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine, about the 1973 tennis match between the best female player in the world at the time, Billie …

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Kathryn Bigelow’s DETROIT elicits equal parts rage and heartache

Director Kathryn Bigelow not only excels at leaning into difficult subjects from the recent past, she thrives on it.  With both The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, she knew she would be courting controversy by bringing to light aspects of the Iraqi War and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and she did it …

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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Review- Welcome to the Web-slinging Breakfast Club

Who knew anyone would care to see yet another incarnation of the web slinger? Spider-Man has been rebooted repeatedly, and without much time between versions brought to the screen.  Somehow, though, the cinematic supergroup co-producing and distributing Spider-Man Homecoming, Columbia Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Sony Pictures, have found a way to set our spider senses …

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