Browsing all articles from September, 2017.

Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes 

*** 1/2 The ad campaign is selling Battle of the Sexes as a high comedy, but it’s also a complex behind-the-scenes relationship drama as much about tennis legend Billie Jean King’s hidden identity politics as the overt social ones driving the plot. Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks) with […]

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Sofia

Sofia 

The best love stories don’t have happy endings, and Chicago filmmaker Justin Nico Flocco’s Sofia, shot in Argentina and chronicling the stranger-in-a-strange-land odyssey of a young American on the streets of Buenos Aires, is a brief, polished love and loss tale heavy on mood and style that holds its narrative cards close until its final […]

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mother!

mother! 

mother! * * A tale told with sound and fury signifying very little, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! may be his first movie misfire. In a career of audacious pictures, proof positive of membership a very small club of contemporary auteurs, Aronofsky is as visionary as they come—even when the vision spirals out of control. And this […]

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