Sundance 2020: Promising Young Woman

If there’s a film that you should go into without watching a trailer or reading reviews, Promising Young Woman is that film. The large majority of filmgoers will have until mid-April before they can see this film.  As a result, I’m going to be extra careful in writing about this film.  It’s a film that ought to be treated like that of a Marvel or Star Wars film.  Go into it knowing very little as…

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Bombshell Features A Powerhouse Ensemble

Bombshell features a powerhouse ensemble of actors with some of the best performances to grace the big screen during the calendar year. We all know the story.  Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) sued Roger Ailes over sexual harassment and the dominoes started to fall.  Sure, Roger tried to get all of the Fox News women to rally behind him but not everyone was on board.  Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) had her own frustrating experiences with Ailes…

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Sundance 2019: The Mustang

The Mustang shines a light on the ways that the government controls the wild mustang populations by way of prisoner rehabilitation programs. Following a quick prologue about the history of the wild mustangs in America, we meet meet Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center.  As a part of his prison duties, a prison psychologist (Connie Britton) assigns Roman to the Outside Maintenance program.  Roman goes outside of his boundaries by investigating a loud…

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TIFF 2018: The Land of Steady Habits

Based on the book of the same name, The Land of Steady Habits is more comedy than drama in this newest film from Nicole Holofcener. When we first meet Anders Hill (Ben Mendelsohn), he has retired from working in finance and is sleeping with other women after divrcing his ex-wife, Helene (Edie Falco).  Okay–so he’s a womanizer.  At first, a totally unlikable character, we’re finding ourselves gravitated towards rooting for him.  It makes so sense–I know–but this…

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Beatriz at Dinner: Healer takes on Business Mogul

Beatriz at Dinner offers intriguing social commentary as a healer takes on a business mogul at dinner and throughout the evening. Directed by Miguel Arteta from a screenplay written by Mike White, the indie film stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky, and John Early. Beatriz  (Hayek) is invited to her client’s dinner party at her Newport Beach mansion when her car breaks down.  Beatriz is so…

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