Monthly Archives: August 2017

COLUMBUS

“Life’s tragedy begins with the bond between parent and child.” —Ryūnosuke Akutagawa A father is sick and the son is beckoned to his side. Though the set-up may be familiar, the execution is anything but. This is Columbus, the first … Continue reading

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THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK

As far as the filmmakers behind The Only Living Boy in New York want you to think, Thomas Webb (Callum Turner) is your typical New Yorker. He feels he was born a few decades too late — he would have … Continue reading

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ESCAPES

duŸenŸde \dü-en-(,)dā\ noun: the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm To make it in Hollywood you got to have duende and Hampton Fancher has duende in spades. Born July 13, 1938, in East Los Angeles, California, to a … Continue reading

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WIND RIVER

The camera swoops over rocky peaks and muddy roads covered in ice and snow. It’s an inhospitable and barren environment, as inviting as the Sahara Desert or the middle of the Pacific Oceans. It’s wintertime in Wyoming and it’s about … Continue reading

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THE MIDWIFE

Even though The Midwife — the latest from writer/director Martin Provost — opens with a live birth, the story revolves around an off-screen death, with Claire (Catherine Frot) at the center of both. She is a midwife, and we come … Continue reading

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LANDLINE

Watch enough movies and trends start to develop. One of the major ones: Love is hard; fidelity is harder. And as time wears on it becomes harder. At least for Tom (John Turturro), a middle-aged father of two daughters who … Continue reading

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DETROIT

Detroit — the latest film from Academy Award-winning director, Kathryn Bigelow — opens with as much promise and technical brilliance as any feature made this year. Starting with a brief animation depicting the White Flight of the 20th century, Detroit … Continue reading

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