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ROMA review

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There Are Periods in History that Scar Societies and Moments in Life that Transform Us as Individuals

Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”, “Children of Men”, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”) is truly one of the greatest storytellers working today.  His latest offering, “Roma”, just might be his masterpiece.  Taking place in the early 1970’s Mexico City, a family of six navigate life in an upper class home.  With them, two employed domestic workers and a dog as well.  The film provides a unique, in-depth scope into all of their lives, but specifically Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio).  As the family is falling apart and the father has left them on their own, Cleo Continue reading

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MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS review

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Bow To No One

For her directorial debut, “Mary Queen of Scots”, Josie Rourke elected to tackle the story of Mary Stuart in sixteenth century as she navigates her duties as Queen of Scots and her claim to the English throne.  Upon being widowed, Mary (Saoirse Ronan) returns home to her native Scotland as she assumes her place as Queen.  In England, Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) worries about her “sister” as she fears of her claim to the Throne.  In an effort to control her desires, Elizabeth offers her a husband, nobleman Robert Dudley (Joe Alwyn) to attempt to persuade her.  Aware of her deceitful desires, Mary Continue reading

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET review

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He’s Gonna Wreck-It, Again!

It’s taken 6 years for them to return, but Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) are back in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet”!  Still at Litwak’s Arcade, their days are filled with repetition: players during operating hours, evenings spent in the power strip terminal followed by root beers at Tapper’s.  Wishing, craving for more, Vanellope gets her wish when a good gesture leads-to the unimaginable; the Sugar Rush console’s Continue reading

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THE FRONT RUNNER review

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Gary Hart Was Going to be President. Instead He Changed American Politics Forever.

I was not alive in 1988, nor was I familiar with Gary Hart and his story; so going-into “The Front Runner” I had no preconceived notions or ideas.  The film opens in 1984, Hart (Hugh Jackman) is about to concede his Democratic Presidential Candidate Election to then-Vice President Walter Mondale.  Four years later, he is determined to run for our Country’s highest office and, this time, he is the clear front runner for the Democratic nomination.  Not only are his ideas and plans progressive, but his Continue reading

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BOY ERASED review

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The Truth Cannot Be Converted

“Boy Erased” is a harrowingly-brutal and honest true story, following the life of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) and his family in Arkansas.  Jared is a young boy, about to graduate high school and attend his dream college.  The son of a Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe) and his wife (Nicole Kidman), Jared lives to make them proud.  At college, he begins to Continue reading