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  • Room

    Room

    ★★★½

    I watched this one specifically because Brie Larson has a lot of Oscar buzz around her but I came away completely impressed with Jacob Tremblay, the child actor who plays her movie son.

    A surprisingly non-depressing movie following Joy, a young woman who is held for 7 years in a room by her kidnapper and rapist, Room is a solid film because it, like the novel from which it is adapted, focuses the story through the eyes of Jack, her…

  • American Ultra

    American Ultra

    ★★

    I realllly wanted to like this one. A cool trailer and an interesting premise (slacker stoner discovers he's a trained CIA agent) sold me on the movie. But watching American Ultra itself things just slowly started to come apart. Maybe it's lead Jesse Eisenberg who looks ridiculous (and not in a fun way) in his long wig and kind of skulks around playing everything a bit too serious. Maybe it's the direction which is competent but somehow fails to infuse…

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  • The Governess

    The Governess

    ★★★½

    Sandra Goldbacher, who also crafted the wonderful friendship film Me Without You, delivers a stunning debut with the woefully underseen and misunderstood The Governess.

    The story begins with Rosina (Minnie Driver), a young sheltered Sephardic Jew, living in London under the protection of her doting father and dreaming of becoming an actress. However Rosina's plans are destroyed when her father is murdered under suspicious circumstances and her mother falls apart under the weight of his many debts. Unwilling to be…

  • To Take A Wife

    To Take A Wife

    ★★★½

    I saw Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz's glorious Gett: The trial of Viviane Amsalem pretty much blind and was unaware that it was the last in a trilogy on the unhappy marriage of Viviane Amsalem and her struggle to free herself. I consider that movie an absolute masterpiece and while it worked perfectly well on its own, its limiting style leaves viewers with questions about how the Amsalem marriage worked and how Eliahou could be such a terrible husband without ever laying…