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  • Mother!

    Mother!

    ★★★★

    There were about thirty people at the early afternoon showing of "mother!" About two-thirds of the way through, an old couple a few rows up (one in a wheelchair) abruptly took a minute to gather their belongings and depart the theater. When the movie finally ended and strains of Skeeter Davis singing "The End of the World" floated through the theater, everyone else quietly got up and made their way out of the theater. No one said a word. I…

  • Hush

    Hush

    ★★½

    "Hush" left me with mixed feelings. There are things it did well -- like highlighting exactly how vulnerable a deaf person might feel in a world where everyone else can hear. Normally we focus on sight as being more crucial to survival and in some more immediate ways, perhaps it is... but sound not only provides us with the heartbeat of life, the rush of wind, the spoken voice of a friend or loved one, swells of music, the purr…

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    Whether the reverberations of Lucas' first trilogy here are viewed as a homage and bridge between the old and new or as a lack of imagination will depend on one's personal tastes and the long-term intentions of the creative staff.

    There is a LOT of "The Force Awakens" that echoed things we've seen before. Some of the settings seem awfully familiar even if given other names, and from a high-concept level there's not much of a plot (First Order AKA…

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    In some ways, "Civil War" scans as an Avengers movie, as it is mainly concerned with the team's future on the international level and has a huge roster of probably 13-14 heroes. (At some point, I lost count.) But somehow the Russos pull this off without really diluting the characters; everyone seems to get the amount of face time they deserve based on the dynamics of plot and relationship, and each is firmly established in terms of what they want,…