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Movie review: Chappaquiddick

Posted on April 16, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Chappaquiddick — 1:41 — PG-13

Your interest in “Chappaquiddick” — or lack thereof — is likely to be determined by your age and your politics. The younger you are, the less likely you are to be emotionally involved. Director John Curran and writers Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan have made a fine film of a terrible story. They chose wisely to deal with things that were known and factual. No theories here.

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Movie review: The Rider

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Rider — Running Time: 1:44 — Rating: R

“The Rider” is unique in many ways. Don’t miss it. It is the story of Brady Jandreau, a rodeo rider who has a terrible accident and then turns to a search for meaning in life without being able to build it with the horses he still loves but can’t ride. The movie is so deeply real that I was well into it before I understood what I was watching.

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Movie review: A Fantastic Woman

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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A Fantastic Woman— Running Time: 1:44 — Rating: R

Sony Pictures had the good sense to recognize the unique quality of “A Fantastic Woman.” After the film was rewarded with top prizes at film festivals, Sony brought it to the American mainstream. It is a beautifully made film about a transgender woman who falls in love with a man who loves her back. The writing, music, dialogue and an amazing central performance lift the film to a point where there simply are no negatives to report.

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Movie review: Final Portrait

Posted on March 26, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Final Portrait— Running Time: 2:07 — Rating: R

“Final Portrait” is one slice of the life of renowned artist Alberto Giacometti. It is a compelling look at the inner life of a man possessed by a study not of his art but of the man himself that lingers long after we leave the theater.

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Movie review: Red Sparrow

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Red Sparrow— Running Time: 2:20 — Rating: R

If “Red Sparrow” were a little less terrible, making fun of it might be an entertaining exercise. But because it is truly and inexplicably bad, there’s no fun to be had in writing about it. Here is one the 12 confusing paragraphs from the International Movie Data Base summary of the movie. Good luck.

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Movie review: Black Panther

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Black Panther— Running Time: 2:14 — Rating: PG-13

“Black Panther” is technically superb.  It is also uninterruptedly violent.  With apologies to the gifted team that made this movie, I’m troubled by the degree of physical violence that will be seen by millions of people.  Here’s to the first person who makes a movie as good as this one where enemies outwit each other with their brains instead of their weapons.

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Movie Review: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Posted on March 5, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Hollywood culture of the 1950s is on full display in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Wrapped in the calculated mannerisms of the era, sexpot actress Gloria Grahame won a supporting actress Oscar in ’52. For women, 25 was retirement time. There were legends who were exceptions, but most young women, like Grahame, fell into sudden oblivion. Women were scripted additions to male stars whose age, of course, didn’t matter.

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Our movie review looks at the Oscars – Part 2

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Last week I commented on five of the Oscar nominated movies. Now to the remaining four in a season that took flight only toward the end of the year. All nine will be widely available in local theaters until the Academy Awards are broadcast on March 4.

Darkest Hour

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Movie reviewer previews 2018 Oscars

Posted on February 19, 2018 |
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After a lukewarm movie year, most of the Oscar nominated films are in theaters now. If you missed any, all are worth seeing before Oscar night on Sunday, March 4. Hollywood not only saved the best for year’s end, they reassured us that there are some brilliant performers of all ages still acting for our pleasure.

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Movie review: 'The Shape of Water'

Posted on February 12, 2018 |
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The Shape of Water — Running Time: 2:03 — Rating: R

This is a tough one. On one hand, “The Shape of Water” offers us hatred, cruelty, nudity, violence, murder and beatings. On the other, it offers a tender love story between two afflicted people who lose themselves in a beautiful romance. The time is the Cold War. The place is a dark, decrepit Baltimore building that is a lab space for creating a creature that will become a weapon against the Russians.

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