Queen Of Katwe

BBB.5 (out of 5) A soccer coach (David Oyelowo) struggling to make ends meet is told by two boys in his class that their mother does not want them playing soccer because there’s no money for the doctor if they get injured.  Wanting to keep them active, the coach instead teaches them to play chess, which…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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Amelia

BBBB (out of 5) Absorbing biopic of famed aviation legend Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) that improves greatly on the TV movie The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton. Director Mira Nair wisely touches on aspects of Earhart’s biography without going into unnecessary detail as she covers the period from the relationship between her subject and George…

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Monsoon Wedding

BBBBB (out of 5) Bollywood splendour finally gets its showcase in the western world with Mira Nair’s exquisite film. Essentially it takes place in the days before a big family wedding, and how original is that story, but in reality it’s so much more. Each character is given their due in the delightful script, and…

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Living In Oblivion

BBB.5 (out of 5) This memorable comedy explores the many hilarious situations that a person endures when working in the world of independent film. Steve Buscemi plays the exasperated director, Dermot Mulroney (who also produced) is his cameraman, and Catherine Keener (Mulroney’s real-life wife at the time) plays the actress starring in their latest underground opus….

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Big Eden

BB (out of 5) Henry Hart (Arye Gross) is enjoying burgeoning success as a New York artist but is held back by the loneliness that comes from having no love in his life. The complicated relationships he left behind in his small town of Big Eden, Montana are reignited when he finds out that his…

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