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Movie review: The Frontrunner

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Front Runner — Running Time: 1:53 — Rating: R

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Movie review: Widows

Posted on December 3, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Widows— Running Time: 2:09 — Rating: R

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Movie review: Green Book

Posted on November 26, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Green Book— Running Time: 2:10 — Rating: R

“Green Book” may well be the finest movie of this year. It is beautifully made by everyone connected with it and audiences love the rare blend of tragedy and comedy, each delivered in sophisticated ways.

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Movie review: Can you ever forgive me?

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Running Time: 1:46 — Rating: R

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”  is a story rooted in the truth of the life of writer Lee Israel.  The movie is carried by Melissa McCarthy as Israel and Richard E. Grant as her accomplice, Jack Hock.  I need to say up front that this one is drawing excellent reviews and appreciative audiences while adding that I found it very troubling.  Here goes with my take on this movie.

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Movie review: Beautiful Boy

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Beautiful Boy— Running Time: 2:00 — Rating: R

“Beautiful Boy” earns an adjective that is rare and not always welcome: important. How many people will go to this movie that is about drugs from beginning to end? For some, the answer to that is some version of “why would I want to see a movie about drugs? For others, it offers an extraordinary lifeline.

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Movie review: A Private War

Posted on November 5, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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A Private War— Running Time: 1:46 — Rating: R

Few things are more interesting than exploring the personality traits of a thoroughly unusual person. “A Private War” does just that in a compelling way as it gives us a portrait of Marie Colvin, a London Times reporter whose motivations are a fascinating puzzle.  Her true story is handed to us by actor Rosamund Pike under the direction of Matthew Heineman in a riveting film.   

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Movie review: The Old Man & the Gun

Posted on October 29, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Old Man & The Gun— Running Time: 1:33 — Rating: PG-13

“The Old Man & The Gun” is quiet, slow and questionable. The main reason to go is to salute Robert Redford by seeing his final film. Now, however, Redford has announced in a recent interview that he had such fun making this one that he may well change his mind about retiring. Whether you decide to go should depend on how you feel about this movie actor who has given us great pleasure over the decades. Without him, this movie wouldn’t last long.

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Movie review: Colette

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Colette — Running Time: 1:51 — Rating: R

The fun of “Colette” is irreverence. The independence of women was not a value as the 20th century began. They lived within the parameters assigned to them — being wives, mothers and support systems for their men in a world of total artifice for women. What outlets existed for women with creative ideas begging to get out of their heads? George Sand, a French novelist and memoirist, solved it by using a nom de plume. Others dealt by publishing under their husbands’ names.

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Movie review: First Man

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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First Man — Running Time: 2:18 — Rating: PG-13

“First Man,” the story of Neil Armstrong’s successful moon landing, is both a technical triumph and a deeply personal portrait of a couple. The degree of your enthusiasm for it will probably be determined by your interest in the subject itself. If you have no interest in the moon landing you may feel lukewarm because the film is focused entirely on the people and the feat.

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Movie review: Fahrenheit 11/9

Posted on October 1, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Fahrenheit 11/9 — Running Time: 2:08 — Rating: R

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is a tough movie to see, and a tough one to review. The current political climate is so divided that it’s a fair guess that people who see Michael Moore as a villain will stay away. Yes, toward the end he zeroes in on the Trump problem but the rest of the film is an invitation to left and right to address our national problems. He shows us those. 

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