Author Archives: Patricia Markert

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The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang (2019)

With Awkwafina as Billi, Shuzhen Zhao as Nai Nai. A simple story of a grandmother, “Nai Nai,” (Shuzhen Zhao) diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer is complicated when her Chinese family won’t tell her, and the American émigré granddaughter, Billi … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino. 2019.

with Leonardo diCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie. An alternative history of the Sharon Tate murders on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles in August 1969 is only part of the story.  The movie features Tate, Jay Sebring, Roman Polanski, Charles Manson, … Continue reading

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Minding the Gap directed by Bing Liu. 2018. Documentary.

Three young men, Liu, Zack, and Keire, are trying to grow up, become men, beginning as hyperkinetic teens devoted to skateboarding.  The footage of the skateboarding is elegant and fluid and shows the beauty of movement.   Liu, the director, is … Continue reading

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Rocket Man directed by Dexter Fletcher. 2019.

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With Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Kit Connor and Matthew Illesley as younger versions of Elton. The movie starts with the superstar entering rehab dressed in an outlandish red costume with cape, horns, and glasses … Continue reading

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Long Shot directed by Jonathan Levine, 2019.

with Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Does everyone really curse as much as the people in Veep?  As the people in this movie? Can a man named Fred Flarksy (Seth Rogen) who wears a cheap … Continue reading

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Biggest Little Farm directed by John Chester

The filmmaker explores what it takes to have a diversified farm with fruit trees, sheep, pigs, ducks, and chickens, in an area of California just north of Los Angeles which is undergoing a drought.  This documentary follows John and Molly … Continue reading

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Wild Nights with Emily, directed by Madeleine Olnek, 2019.

With Molly Shannon, Susan Zeigler, Amy Steimetz As a straight woman who loves her poetry, I had assumed the sexuality of Dickinson to be beside the point, or as I had been coached since childhood, that of a frustrated spinster.  … Continue reading

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