We Can Be Heroes: A Superhero Film With Heart

One can look at We Can Be Heroes as being a copycat of films like The Avengers (and with children) but this film is so much more. Perhaps what is the most surprising is that this is a stand-alone sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl.  Taylor Lautner does not reprise his role.  The film finds a way to hide this, of course.  While this may be a stand-alone sequel, the film makes…

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TIFF 2018: The Public

Not one to fall far from the tree, writer-director Emilio Estevez uses the narrative in The Public to send an important message. Libraries are vital to the nation’s existence.  They represent what the American democracy is all about.  Many of us go there to borrow books, research information, and whatnot.  For other people, going to the library is a means to get off the street.  The Public takes place in the downtown branch of the…

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The Wife: Sexism at Play

While depicting the sexism of the 1960s, The Wife proves to be a compelling film purely on the basis of Glenn Close’s performance. To most people, Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is the wife of her prolific author husband, Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce).  The two couldn’t be more different.  This shows not just during the present day (1992) or the flashbacks to Smith College in 1958 or Connecticut in the 1960s.  When the Castlemans learn that…

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