Lion

Overall Rating: 5/5 November 25, 2016 Dir. Garth Davis PG-13 (for thematic material and some sensuality) I don’t even know where to begin with this review because I was floored by my first viewing of this film. Lion received six Oscar nominations (including Best Picture) but didn’t win any of them, which seemed odd to me. […]

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A Man Called Ove

Overall Rating: 4/5 August 26, 2016 Dir. Hannes Holm Rated PG-13 (for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language) A Man Called Ove manages to balance tragedy and comedy very well. The quirky film is unique enough to keep you interested and perhaps even unable to guess exactly which direction the plot will move in next. Ove tells […]

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Toni Erdmann

Overall Rating: 3/5 December 25, 2016 Dir. Maren Ade Rated R (for strong sexual conetnt, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use) Toni Erdmann has proven to be a tough film to review. The film has impressive strengths, but there are a number of things that diminish the film’s efficacy and ultimately damage the overall experience. […]

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Tanna

Overall Rating: 3/5 September 16, 2016 Dir. Bentley Dean, Martin Butler Rated NR Tanna, one of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Picture, is named for the South Pacific island that it was filmed on. The entire film was shot on location and tells the true story of a marriage dispute that occurred among the […]

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Elle

Overall Rating: 3/5 November 11, 2016 Dir. Paul Verhoeven Rated R (for violence involving sexual assault, disturbing sexual content, some grisly images, brief graphic nudity, and language) Selected to compete for the Palme d’Or, Elle was one of the most critically acclaimed foreign films of the year. Isabelle Hupert delivers an Oscar-nominated performance in her unique and […]

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