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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Journey’s End

This is the sixth cinematic version of RC Sherriff’s 1928 play.  Sam Claflin is Captain Stanhope, demoralized by years of combat, loss and alcohol.  Paul Bettany plays his second in command, “Uncle” Osborne; patient, understanding and full of moral support.  Asa Butterfield is Jimmy Raleigh, a brand-new officer who anticipates combat to be similar to […]

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Toronto International Film Festival

Official Website:  https://www.tiff.net/ The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually. Since its founding in 1976, TIFF has grown to become a year-round destination for film culture operating out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a dynamic center for film culture located […]

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