Review: “Cold War”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Many of the greatest film romances of all time are sweeping epics, in runtime and scale but also in the way they probe into so many aspects of their characters’ lives and relationships.  Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski does almost the opposite of this with his romantic drama “Cold War.”  The […]

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Review: “Call Me by Your Name”

5 out of 5 stars. “Call Me by Your Name” is set in rural Italy in the summer of 1983.  Seventeen-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) lives there with his parents; his mom (Amira Casar) is a translator, and his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) is an archaeology professor.  Elio, who spends much of his time reading and writing […]

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Review: “The Big Sick”

4.5 out of 5 stars. Boy meets girl.  Boy falls for girl.  Boy loses girl.  Girl falls into a coma.  It sounds like a plot whipped up just for film, but it actually is the real-life love story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon—which they then turned into a screenplay for a […]

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Review: “La La Land”

5 out of 5 stars. “La La Land” opens with a long tracking shot, the camera moving along bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Los Angeles freeway, a cacophony of sounds and different music emanating from each vehicle—a fairly typical scene, until, one by one, people leap out of their cars, jumping on top of them and […]

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Review: “The Light Between Oceans”

“The Light Between Oceans” is a gorgeously shot and acted film whose subject matter sadly never advances beyond its tiresome melodramatic plot. Directed by Derek Cianfrance and based on a novel by M.L. Stedman, the drama begins in early 1920s Australia, detailing the relationship between sullen lighthouse keeper and World War I veteran Tom Sherbourne […]

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