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Lady Bird. Directed by Greta Gerwig. 2017.

With Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein. Time: early 2000s, just after 9/11 around the time of the Iraq war.  Place: Sacramento.  Situation: A young adult woman in her senior year in high school starts to break away from her … Continue reading

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The Florida Project. Directed by Sean Baker. 2017.

With Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Bria Vinaite. With Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Bria Vinaite. Moonee is six or seven years old when we first see her spitting from a high place, landing … Continue reading

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Visages Villages. JR/Agnes Varda. 2017.

  JR and Agnes Varda: one a man in his prime sporting sunglasses which hide his eyes; the other an old woman with a great resume but whose eyes do not see except blurry images because of macular degeneration.  This … Continue reading

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Ex Libris (Directed by Frederick Wiseman). 2017.

The subject is libraries, NYPL and the title refers to books, but very few books appear in the movie. The opening scenes show expert patron handlers answering the phone as questions come into the reference desk.  What books are out … Continue reading

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Logan Lucky (Directed by Steven Soderbergh). 2017.

With Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Katherine Waterston, Daniel Craig, and Hilary Swank. People think that the Logan family carry a curse.  Two brothers are injured, one in the Iraq War, the other in a mining accident, leaving only the sister … Continue reading

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The Big Sick

With Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano. The Big Sick unfurls like a four act play.  First act: a standup comedian of Pakistani descent starts dating a white woman he meets at the club where he performs.  It … Continue reading

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Dunkirk (directed by Christopher Nolan), 2017.

A pilot in World War II wore a mask that effectively obscured his face except for his eyes, making it difficult for the audience to differentiate / identify which pilot is which.  I imagine it makes it hard for the … Continue reading

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