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  • Easy Money

    Easy Money


    Based on the novel of the same name by Jens Lapidus, "Easy Money" is a grittily realistic, engaging, and unpredictable “Stockholm noir” film about three characters whose lives become entwined by their desire to make easy money. Unsurprisingly, there are no simple solutions and no clean getaways in this story. The climax is pulse-pounding, and the movie thankfully does not have an unrealistically happy ending.

    The central characters are Johan “JW” Westlund (Joel Kinnaman, "Johan Falk: Special Operation"), Jorge (Matias…

  • The Girl

    The Girl


    This remarkable, refreshingly different, and artistically ambitious Swedish film tells a compelling and affecting coming-of-age story about a 10-year-old girl (Blanca Engström) who ends up alone during the summer of 1981. The resourceful girl does not seem to mind having to take care of herself; in fact, she seems to enjoy her solitude most of the time.

    One of the strengths of "The Girl" lies in how well the film conveys the weirdness and puzzling aspects of the adult world…

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  • In the Heart of the Sea

    In the Heart of the Sea


    What inspired Herman Melville to write the novel "Moby-Dick"? "In the Heart of the Sea" is the cinematic answer to this question. The movie tells in an unremarkable but engaging way the fascinating story of the sinking of the whaling ship Essex.

    In the film’s present, Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) interviews Thomas Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), the last survivor of the crew that served on the ship on that fateful voyage. The first of several extended flashback sequences introduces the viewer…

  • Daddy's Home

    Daddy's Home


    It’s no secret that trailers can be deceiving, sometimes making the movie that they are teasing seem to be better than it actually is and sometimes making it seem to be worse than it actually is. "Daddy’s Home" is a prime example of the former, at least for me. Judging by the fairly funny trailers, the film in question appears to be a pleasantly diverting comedy. Alas, it’s not. With mostly forced humor, only a few good laughs, and a…