Book Club

This movie is very cute.  You didn’t see all the best parts in the trailer.  Diane Keaton (recently widowed), Jane Fonda (perpetual cougar), Mary Steenburgen (loving but stale marriage) and Candice Bergen (bitter divorcee) are adorable as four lifelong friends.  Reading the E.L. James novels starts a conversation made more comfortable with a great deal […]

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Ingrid Goes West

The internet can be a refuge for people who aspire to a different life.  Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is a mentally unstable young woman who “befriends” internet “celebrities”.  Following their blogs gives her insight into their lives.  She uses the information to meet Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen).  Taylor can monetize her blog, so she focuses more […]

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Finding Your Feet

Celia Imrie is the person you want to meet if your life has taken a downturn.  In Finding Your Feet, her Biff’s independent spirit helps her snooty sister Sandra (Imelda Staunton) find happiness after she makes a shocking discovery.   Her friends are quirky and interesting.  Joanna Lumley is stunning as their experienced friend, Jackie.  Charlie […]

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Their Finest

This is the third film in 2017’s Dunkirk trilogy.  The action takes place during the Blitz, after the actual rescue.  The Ministry of Information has decided to make some propaganda films in an effort to instill pride and raise moral. Plucky Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) and cynical Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin) are thrown together to […]

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Love, Simon

This is a John Hughes film for a new generation. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel are perfect as Simon’s loving, supportive parents.  Nick Robinson is wonderful as Simon.  Simon is a good son, brother and friend with very little rebellious teenage angst.   He is an engaging high school senior with a secret.   Simon floats between […]

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The Leisure Seeker

I have no personal experience with Alzheimer’s Disease.  That said, I really enjoyed this movie.  I thought Helen Mirren’s portrayal of Ella was delightful, just the right balance of love and frustration.  Even when faced with a shock, she displays a believable amount of outrage and forgiveness.  Donald Sutherland’s John is exasperating, charming and convincingly confused.  […]

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The Women’s Balcony

This is one of our favorite movies at TIFF 2016.  It is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  The Women’s Balcony is a charming movie about a tight Jewish congregation.  During a Bar Mitzvah, the segregated women’s balcony collapses.  How the community deals with this misfortune is interesting and delightful. Our Rating:    OFFICIAL […]

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Other Notable Oscar Nominations 2018

I, Tonya A humorous look at a tragic pop culture event.  Margot Robbie is great as hard scrabble Tonya Harding trying desperately to skate her way out of her shabby life.  Allison Janney is flawless as Harding’s hard driving, alcoholic, abusive mother.  The bird is a great touch.  The documentary style of the movie adds […]

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Live Action Shorts

The Silent Child The Silent Child centers around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication. This movie is beautifully filmed and well-acted.  The story has enough open […]

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Game Night

Wow! What a fun movie.  Game Night is funny, exciting and delightful.  Jason Bateman (Max) and Rachel McAdams (Annie) have good chemistry.  Jesse Plemons (Gary) is fantastic as their lonely neighbor and Kyle Chandler (Brooks) is charming, even when he isn’t.  Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein do an excellent job scaling the fine […]

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