Widows

Widows was another movie we were fortunate to see this year at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  Our screening was at the  Princess of Wales theater, one of our favorites.  This film has a lot of hype and very little thrill.  It’s an okay heist movie.  Even in Ocean’s 11, the professional thieves took […]

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A Star is Born

This is the third remake of the 1937 A Star is Born starring Frederick March and Janet Gaynor.  I also watched the 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.  This most recent interpretation features Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.  The plot has very few variations from the Kristofferson/Streisand.  I thought the chemistry between Ally […]

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Life Itself

We screened Life Itself on Day 5 of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  If you are a fan of This Is Us you will love this movie.  It uses some of the same techniques – several “unrelated” vignettes that are interwoven and not necessarily in chronological order.  We laughed, we cried, we were shocked […]

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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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On Chesil Beach

Most of this story is told in flashbacks.  Their romance is very sweet if not passionate, and Florence’s past is disturbing.   The lack of communication and inexperience are a sign of the times but lead to tragic consequences.   Saoirse Ronan is perfect in the role of Florence, a girl who may have just wanted to […]

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Disobedience

Rachel McAdams (Esti), Rachel Weisz (Ronit) and Alessandro Nivola (Dovid) were inseparable childhood friends.  Ronit has returned to their close knit Orthodox Jewish community for the funeral of her father, the rabbi.  She seems to want to be treated as the rabbi’s daughter, but on her terms.  She is distressed by the lengths her father […]

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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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