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  • Mud

    Mud

    ★★★★

    Adolescence represents the transition from childhood to adulthood. We begin to learn what things in life are real and which are illusory. Cherished ideas must face careful scrutiny, and sometimes dreams take a beating from reality. That transition lies at the heart of writer-director Jeff Nichols’ drama, “Mud.”

    The story takes place in a small town in Arkansas, somewhere near the Mississippi river. 14-year-old Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) find a boat stuck in a tree…

  • Atlantic City

    Atlantic City

    ★★★★

    “It’s never easy for a man to grow old / But when he’s alone / Heaven knows the nights are cold.”

    Sally Matthews (Susan Sarandon) holds down a job as a waitress in Atlantic City, but also studies to be a blackjack dealer, so she can earn a better living. When her estranged husband Dave (Robert Joy) shows up in town with her pregnant sister (Hollis McLaren) in tow, she allows them to sleep at her place for one night…

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  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★★

    Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and has been a crossroads between Europe and Asia for thousands of years. For quite some time, it has also been the home to many hundreds of stray cats; cats who are allowed to roam freely, coming and going with impunity. The documentary "Kedi" takes us into the streets of Istanbul where we come face to face, nose to whisker, with these beloved residents and meet the humans who take care of them.…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies

    ★★★★

    I have been underwhelmed by most of Steven Spielberg's recent films. I didn't really care for "War Horse" and although "Lincoln" was decent I felt it was overwrought at times. And don't even get me started on "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." The last Spielberg film I thought was really spectacular was "Munich" and that came out in 2005. So I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed "Bridge of Spies."

    Based on a true…