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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★½

    A noirish mystery given a brightly-lit 21st century spin, from the capable hands behind many USA female-centric comedies, Paul Feig’s A SIMPLE FAVOR hews to the tenet of “it takes a bitch to know a bitch”, pits an apparently aw-shucks, widowed single mommy vlogger Stephanie (Kendrick) against a glamourpuss career mother Emily (Lively), a fashion company’s PR director. They have become instant friends just within a few weeks since their sons attend the same elementary school, one day, after asking…

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White

    ★★★★

    THREE COLORS trilogy, Kieslowski’s cut-and-dried tome and swan song, ostensibly represents the tricolor of French flag, each of which in turn stands for liberty, equality and fraternity, and can all be plausibly ascribed to the three individual story, BLUE, delving into a young wife/mother’s emotional liberty after unexpected bereavement, WHITE, a getting even comedy where impotence can be substantially cured by one’s wealth status, and RED, bringing closer two disparate personages, connected by a slow-burning mutual understanding and admiration in…

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  • Heartstone

    Heartstone

    ★★★★

    First feature from Icelandic director Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, this year Venice’s Queer Lion award receiver, which also competes in the Venice Days category. HEARTSTONE patiently limns a poignant coming-of-age crisis between two 14-year-old boys Thor (Einarsson) and Kristján (Hinriksson) in a remote fishing village with admirable unpretentiousness and sensitivity, only if its 129 minute length could have been pared down into something more coherent to deaden a tinge of fatigue instigated by its monotonous locale and milieu.

    There is no…

  • The Rain People

    The Rain People

    ★★★★

    On the road, driving aimless westward, New York housewife Natalie Ravenna (Knight) finds out her unexpected pregnancy and needs some alone time, so she leaves her asleep husband a note and a breakfast, then starts her peregrination all by herself.

    Coppola’s fourth feature and he was 29 when the movie is shot, THE RAIN PEOPLE is an unsung gem prior to THE GODFATHER (1972), using extreme close-ups, mood-reflecting camerawork, Coppola retains a sober and intuitive acumen to guide Natalie on…