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Three Billboads Outside Ebbing Missouri. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh. (2017)

A mother cannot let a police department rest until the murderer of her daughter is brought to justice.  What we see the mother do:  erect three billboards accusing the police chief of not doing enough, her daughter raped while dying.  … Continue reading

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Phantom Thread. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. 2017.

With Daniel Day Lewis, Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps Lesley Manville has perfect posture as she marches into the office of her brother’s fashion house,  drawing in the viewer with her commanding even military gait. She wears a beautifully tailored dress, … Continue reading

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The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg. 2017.

With Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson. The movie opens with a combat scene during the Vietnam War; soldiers paint their faces to camouflage further their night time raid in the jungle.  They are attacked, instead of being the … Continue reading

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A Matter of Life and Death, directed by Michael Powell and Emric Pressburger. 1946.

With David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesy, Raymond Massey. What is it about David Niven that is so charming? Is it his perfectly shaped mouth, topped by a slightly too thin mustache?  Is it the way he asks questions expecting … Continue reading

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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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