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  • Instant Family

    Instant Family

    ★★

    Instant Famly is most definitely heartfelt, but it fails to be as insightful as it fancies itself. Director Sean Anders (he of Daddy's Home and We're The Millers) loves to celebrate unconventional families, who looks to find the laughs in subjects such as divorce and remarrying. Instant Family draws from Anders' own life. Anders and his wife adopted three sibling children through foster care, the same scenario that befalls the movie's affluent couple, Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne)…

  • At Eternity's Gate

    At Eternity's Gate

    ★★★½

    Biopics of artists don't usually ask much of audiences other than to get them to say that said artists really had amazing talent. Thats not the case with Julian Schnabels remarkable At Eternity's Gate, featuring a career-best performance from Willen Dafoe as the iconic Vincent Van Gogh. Sure, Schnabel does glory in the beautiful, entrancing visions the Dutch painter put on canvas, but he more wants to get us inside the head of this troubled mind, to get us to…

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  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★★★½

    Sandi Tan had a dream of making a movie. 19 and living in her native Singapore, Tan was a late-80s/early 90s teen obsessed with underground culture and was already writing and publishing her own zines but filmmaking was her biggest dream. She wrote a film called Shirkers and recruited two friends to help and then she met Georges, an eccentric, exasperating fortysomething man who offers to help and becomes the films director, with Tan playing the lead. Production begins in…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★½

    Dr. Don Shirley (Maheshala Ali), a black classically trained pianist, is embarking on a jazz-trio tour in the Deep South of 1960s America and is in need of a chauffeur. He makes the curious choice of Frank Anthony Vallelonga aka Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a boorish Italian bouncer from New York. They don't start off on the right foot, with Don living in a chic apartment above Carnegie Hall. Tony makes sure to say he's open minded, claiming that 'my…