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Joanna Langfield’s Movie Minute Podcast of The Shape of Water, The Disaster Artist and Wonder Wheel.

November 30, 2017

 

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The Disaster Artist

November 28, 2017

The Disaster Artist 2

You could just look at this as one of the most seriously funny movies about movie making, but why stop there? Thanks to James Franco’s canny eye, this love song to a film so bad it’s good also delivers one of the best emotional surprises of the year.

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Wonder Wheel

November 28, 2017

Wonder Wheel

Woody Allen gives us fair warning: this period piece is a melodrama, a particular genre, he announces early on, that’s a force we must let flow as it demands. Apologetic as he is, Allen plunges into an area he doesn’t often go, a full on sweating tragedy. While the results are mixed, fans of the filmmaker will find this latest work worth a spin.

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The Shape of Water

November 28, 2017

The Shape of Water 2

Beautiful. Yes, there’s more to Guillermo Del Toro’s otherworldly fantasy, but, for now, let’s just give a sigh of relief and enjoy the fact that this is, indeed, a work of beauty.

Are there real surprises here? No. This story, as we are told from the very beginning, is a fairy tale, and one that works out to not such a bad conclusion. But, as all good fairy tales do, it does take a while to get us to the happy place.

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Joanna Langfield’s Movie Minute Podcast of Call Me By Your Name and CoCo.

November 22, 2017

Call Me By Your Name

November 21, 2017

Call Me by Your Name - Still 1

Luca Guadagnino’s film of first love is beautiful, capped by a scene I may, happily, never forget.

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Joanna Langfield’s Movie Minute Podcast of Justice League.

November 16, 2017

 

Justice League

November 15, 2017

Justice League2

Had this super-cast superhero consolidation not come on the spectacular heels of “Wonder Woman”, I guess it would have been just another good enough chapter in the DC series. But it has. And, especially in comparison, this team effort feels less joyous, more uninspired.

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Mudbound

November 14, 2017

Mudbound 2

With this sweeping epic, Dee Rees has created a racially charged melodrama that’s hard to shake.

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I Love You Daddy

November 9, 2017

I Love You Daddy

Maybe I could have appreciated Louis C.K.’s muddled mess at another time. But. A comedy about a Woody Allen-ish director, a brilliant auteur with a reputation for taking advantage of innocent young things? A movie in which Louis repeats words he has used to the real-life press, vaguely defending his own questionable reputation, reminding us not to give light to dark rumors, to things that happen behind closed doors?

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