Mary Shelley

We have been stalking Mary Shelley on IMDB since we stood in a rush line at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. It is now streaming on Amazon Prime (pay per view).  This is a movie about a lonely young girl, brought up by her socially broadminded widowed father.  Missing her mother, she is […]

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Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot

  Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is a biopic about John Callahan’s journey from despair to joy through caustic cynicism.  He starts out as a careless young man who doesn’t let tragedy or addiction slow him down.  The scenes where he is wheeling around Portland are unnerving but illustrate his lack of […]

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The Cakemaker

The Cakemaker is a film where actions speak are more effective than words.   The triangle between Thomas, a German baker and Oren and Anat, an Isreali couple, is well told.  It is a story that allows that love is fluid and everyone deals with pain in their own way.  Thomas uses his baking skills to […]

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1945

Guilt, greed, betrayal and jealousy can lead us to life changing actions.  These actions can be even more devastating when they are facilitated by evil.  1945 is about a small Hungarian town that has been keeping their terrible secrets just under the surface of their happy existence.  The villagers are consumed by their guilt that […]

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Woman Walks Ahead

I am frustrated by this type of movie.  It states that it is based on a true story.  Unfortunately, many people get their history from the movies.  I don’t know why movie makers can’t just stick with the truth or just change all the names so that it is a work of fiction.  Yes, Sitting […]

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Hostiles

Hostiles is a balanced depiction of life in the west.  There were good and bad people on both sides.   It shows that if you fear or hate a group of people, you can see their point of view if you are forced to spend time with them individually.    Christian Bale portrays the conflicted Captain Blocker, […]

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Hearts Beat Loud

This is a musical without randomly bursting into song.  A charming story of first love, new love, next steps and final steps.  Frank Fischer (Nick Offerman) is a good man that put aside his dreams to care for his family.   Now that his daughter, Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is leaving for college, he is a little […]

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Ocean’s 8

Wow!  Rarely does a movie with this much hype not disappoint.  Ocean’s 8 is one of those movies.  It is sleek, sophisticated and clever.  The Met is an incredible background for the heist.  A sleek Sandra Bullock and cool biker chick Cate Blanchett lead this band of criminals.  Helena Bonham Carter is wonderful as the […]

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American Animals

Millennials seem to believe that their life should be like a movie.  American Animals is about ordinary boys raised in ordinary homes leading ordinary lives.  They are frustrated by just how ordinary they are.  Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) is convinced that he should go through an extraordinary experience to become a great artist.  Warren Lipka […]

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Tully

Charlize Theron is still beautiful as post-partum Marlo, an overwhelmed mother of three.   Apparently, Marlo had been working up until a week or so before the movie begins, so I was surprised how uninvolved her husband (Ron Livingston) was with the day to day duties.   Tully (Mackenzie Davis), the night nanny, is a great addition […]

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