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How to Build a Girl

May 7, 2020

How to Build2

It’s never an easy time to be a teenager, but perhaps this is an even greater moment for a hip coming of age movie to reach out to kids who just don’t fit in.

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Oh, David! A Schitt’s Creek appreciation.

April 6, 2020

Schitt's Creek 2

This little show that could (and did) did not start out to be the warm embrace everybody needed. Back some six years ago, Dan Levy just wanted to spin a comedy around the concept of a rich American family losing their money. Privilege meets pauper. Could be fun.

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So, Have You Streamed?

April 1, 2020

Stream

Everybody’s looking for something to look at and, since most of what I’ve seen focuses on the new series and big name films, I thought I’d give you some suggestions a little deeper into the offerings on some of the major streaming outlets.

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The Way Back

March 5, 2020

The Way Back

Warning: you may touch your face watching this one. Because Ben Affleck elevates a rather perfunctory story into a genuinely moving drama that might make you want to wipe away a tear or two.

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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

February 19, 2020

The Band 2

Come for the music, stay for the story: Robbie Robertson’s reflections on one of rock and roll’s greatest groups is irresistible.

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Downhill

February 13, 2020

Downhill

Sadly, this unnecessary remake is a cautionary tale. Not only does it remind us to ski carefully and show up when your family needs you, it also proves those queasy fears when American filmmakers think they can do it better are not always unfounded.

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Olympic Dreams

February 5, 2020

 

Olympic Dreams

It would be easy to toss this one off as Lost in Translation lite, but that would be wrong. Because while the comparison is somewhat clear, this true, small sweetheart of a movie has its own integrity, charm and very cool backdrop.

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The Last Full Measure

January 22, 2020

The Last Full Measure

It’s taken over 50 years to get the story to the screen of how and why Air Force medic William H. Pitsenbarger earned his Medal of Honor. In light of this country’s continuing issues with the legacy of the Vietnam War and its veterans, the film packs an earnest and long time in coming punch.

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Just Mercy

January 7, 2020

Just Mercy 2

Sometimes, a film doesn’t have to be “elevated” in order to be effective. While this story of injustice isn’t artsy or showy, thanks to its heart breaking basis, along with some terrific performances, it had me in tears throughout.

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Bombshell

December 9, 2019

Bombshell 2

However well intentioned, this wanna be explosive lands with a fizzle.

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