Ordinary Love Is A Tough Watch

Ordinary Love is about a couple dealing with a cancer diagnosis years into their marriage and the tensions that come with it. Cancer is something that hits close to home for many families.  If your own immediate family hasn’t faced the challenge, there’s a high chance that it’s been faced by a cousin, aunt, or uncle.  Maybe even a grandparent.  The BRCA gene is one that runs high in the Jewish community.  It’s one of…

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Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace takes us all the way back to the start of Anakin Skywalker’s story as the saga begins. Long before there was ever a Darth Vader to taunt the galaxy, there was a young kid named Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd) living in the Outer Rim territories on Tatooine.  All young Anakin wanted to do was to escape this planet and become a pilot.  Life isn’t easy, my young…

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Batman Begins: The Start Of A New Era

Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins had a lot riding on it nearly a decade after Batman and Robin practically killed the franchise in theaters. The Batman origin story that we’ve been waiting for!  The film starts with Bruce Wayne and childhood friend Rachel Dawes fighting over an arrowhead, only to end up with Bruce being attacked by a swarm of bats when he falls down a well.  We then play witness to one of the tragic…

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Men in Black: International goes Across The Pond

Men in Black: International ups the ante just a little bit as MIB takes the fun across the pond in order to protect the universe. It’s been known since Tomorrowland that the Eiffel Tower was a bridge to another dimension.  While the former film saw Gustav Eiffel as a founder of Plus Ultra, this film sees him as one of MIB’s earliest agents.  In fact, the Great Migration was really aliens coming to Earth.  But…

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Schindler’s List: Steven Spielberg’s Epic Masterpiece

Schindler’s List isn’t only Steven Spielberg’s epic masterpiece but the film is what cemented his legacy as both a filmmaker and human. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) rescued the lives of approximately 1,200 Jews despite being a member of the Nazi party.  He took over an enamelware plant and this plant is soon populated by the Jews living in the Kraków Ghetto.  Under accountant Itzhak Stern’s (Ben Kingsley) management, a countless number of Jews would find themselves employed. …

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Another Coen Classic

Taking us back to the days of the Old West, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is another classic from the minds of the Coen Brothers. The Western is one of the oldest genres in the book but it always makes for interesting material.  Even when we think that every possible scenario has been exhausted, someone comes about with a fresh take.  This is what the Coens do and they do it so well, I must…

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TIFF 2018: Widows

A trio of recently widowed women in the city of Chicago follow in their husbands’ footsteps by coming together in Widows. The film has a few things going for it.  It’s not just tackling the women coming together and forming a heist of their own a la Ocean’s Eight but there’s also some political commentary.  The political commentary comes by way of how traditional Chicago politics are run.  We see this in how the Mulligan family…

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