Review: “Colette”

3.5 out of 5 stars. “Colette” looks like a traditional period piece.  It boasts lush costumes and production design, a gorgeous score, and an array of talented actors.  But while it is traditional in appearance, this film is imbued with modern sensibilities throughout, flipping expectations at every turn as it tells the true story of […]

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4.5 out of 5 stars. Spike Lee’s new joint, “BlackkKlansman,” opens with a scene from the fictional 1939 film “Gone with the Wind,” and closes with very real video clips from the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  While the story the film has to tell surrounds Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado Springs […]

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Review: “I, Tonya”

4 out of 5 stars. The 1994 Winter Olympics saw a record number of people tune in to watch the women’s figure skating competition, not for the sport itself, but for the drama surrounding U.S. skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.  It’s something that’s true even of director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers’ version […]

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Review: “Lion”

4 out of 5 stars. It’s appropriately poignant that we don’t learn the significance of the title “Lion” until the end of the movie.  For the end of the film marks the end of Saroo’s years long journey to find his birth family, a quest he pursued with the ferocity and determination often associated with […]

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Review: “Hidden Figures”

5 out of 5 stars. There are a lot of stories lurking in the shadows of history, just waiting for someone to come along and tell them.  We all know about the Space Race, and astronaut John Glenn, who was the first American to circle the Earth.  But the film “Hidden Figures” tells a side […]

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