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Kong: Skull Island

BBB.5 (out of 5) Monkey trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what a scientific expedition and ists military escort experience when the assessment of the geological properties of an uncharted island reveals the place to have more… Continue reading

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I Am Not Your Negro

BBBBB (out of 5) Celebrated author and civil rights activist James Baldwin worked on a book meant to cover the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.,… Continue reading

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Logan

BBBB (out of 5) We move about twenty-odd years beyond the present and things aren’t looking so slick for a couple of X-Men.  Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is in his nineties and mentally degenerating, his… Continue reading

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Paterson

BBBB (out of 5) Adam Driver plays a New Jersey bus driver whose name matches his route, his days spent traveling the same roads again and again but his mind occupied with the poetry that… Continue reading

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A Man Called Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove)

BBBB (out of 5) A peaceful suburban community has a resident grump in its midst, the irascible and quick-tempered Ove (Rolf Lassgård), who makes sure cars don’t drive through the neighbourhood’s small roads and screams… Continue reading

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The Salesman (Forushande)

BBBBB (out of 5) The stunning opening sequence of this absorbing drama sets the tension right away as an apartment building is threatening to collapse and forces its tenants to evacuate immediately.  A couple who are performing in… Continue reading

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The Founder

BB.5 (out of 5) A traveling salesman who has peddled everything possible is tired and disillusioned, trying to get drive-in burger joints to buy his multi-milkshake machine and getting nowhere until a phone call… Continue reading

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20th Century Women

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Fifteen years old and crossing over rapidly from childhood to the earliest budding of adulthood, Lucas Jade Zumann is constantly in the thrall of his magnificent mother (Annette Bening), a… Continue reading

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Silence

BBBB (out of 5) Informed that their colleague has abandoned the church and taken up life as a citizen of seventeenth-century Japan after voyaging there as a missionary, two Portuguese priests make it their mission… Continue reading

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BBBB (out of 5) A story that takes place between episodes of Star Wars films sounds like the worst exploitation, the kind of garbage designed to pile up the coffers in George Lucas and Disney’s treasure… Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

BB.5 (out of 5) J.K. Rowling exploits her fans for all they’re worth in this original screenplay based in the world of her megahit Harry Potter series, taking place decades before the action… Continue reading

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Moana

BBB (out of 5) Moana, daughter to the chief of her village, longs to go beyond the shallow waters surrounding her island, but her father refuses to let any of his subjects travel.… Continue reading

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Loving

BBBB (out of 5) Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga) tells her boyfriend Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) that she’s pregnant; he is pleased with the news and immediately buys a plot, begins building a house in their rural… Continue reading

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Hidden Figures

BBBB (out of 5) The space race is a well documented period in American twentieth-century history, the project to get a man on the moon before the Russians could best the U.S.A. a… Continue reading

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Fences

BBBB (out of 5) A garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh comes home every day to a loving wife and a teenage son, dispensing tough love and harsh wisdom on both while constantly harping… Continue reading

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La La Land

BB.5 (out of 5) Sunny days in L.A. no matter what the season, and at the centre of the storm of young hopefuls trying to make their mark in the fame game are… Continue reading

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Passengers

BB (out of 5) Chris Pratt is on a spaceship holding hundreds of crew and thousands of passengers bound for Homestead II, a colonized planet that is among the many that exist as… Continue reading

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Neruda

BBBB (out of 5) Pablo Neruda has helped elect Videla to office but now greatly regrets the effort, and despite his Communist party membership making him a target of the president’s efforts to… Continue reading

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Lion

 BBBB (out of 5) A little boy who lives with his brother, sister and mother in a tiny, poor Indian village gets lost at a train station while waiting for his brother to fetch… Continue reading

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Nocturnal Animals

BBB (out of 5) Amy Adams plays a successful, perfectly coiffed Los Angeles art gallery owner whose relationship with husband Armie Hammer has cooled.  She receives a package in the mail from her… Continue reading

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Jackie

BBBB (out of 5) Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain makes the film that should have marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy three years earlier, in place of the failed Parkland.   Natalie Portman is… Continue reading

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Manchester By The Sea

BBBB.5 (out of 5) A Boston janitor (Casey Affleck) works for demanding tenants all day and drinks alone in his miserable basement apartment at night, except for the evenings he spends picking fights in… Continue reading

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Arrival

BB.5 (out of 5) Twelve giant, shell-like spaceships descend upon Earth in locales spread across the globe, silent and patiently hovering above the ground, making neither aggressive moves nor delivering peaceful messages.  The ship… Continue reading

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Moonlight

BBBB (out of 5) The three act structure of standard film storytelling is finely and formally divided into three stages in the development of a man’s life.  His unhappy childhood with a mother… Continue reading

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Toni Erdmann

BBBBB (out of 5) A magnificent example of deeply humorous observation combined with overwhelmingly impressive restraint, Maren Ade’s masterpiece is a nearly three hour film whose length is never in the least bit… Continue reading

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