Browsing all articles from October, 2015.

Suffragette

Suffragette 

* * * 1/2 Director Sarah Gavron has taken what might have been a tony period piece about women standing up to oppression in 1912 London and fashioned an urgent, immediate and gripping war movie about loss and sacrifice.  It’s a battle, Suffragette says, to effect social and political change, and the spoils just might […]

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Our Brand is Crisis

Our Brand is Crisis 

* * Sandra Bullock is the world’s savviest political consultant in David Gordon Green’s underwhelming satire Our Brand is Crisis, a picture so telegraphed and unenlightening that its biggest crime, ultimately, is merely playing it safe, edgy as it thinks it is.  There is nothing new here, just a reinforcement of election cycle cynicism and […]

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Room

Room 

* * * 1/2 Parent-child intimacy has rarely been so vividly etched in the movies as in the moving Room, in which we witness a mother and young son locked away in a single-room hellhole before escaping to a completely new set of challenges in the outside world.  It’s a richly thematic picture with three […]

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99 Homes

99 Homes 

* * * 1/2 More than any other filmmaker of the moment, Ramin Bahrani charts stories of disenfranchised men who face moral quagmires afoul of the American dream.   In 2013’s superb At Any Price, Dennis Quaid was a Midwestern farmer who would stop at nothing to preserve the family business and legacy, which included lying, […]

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