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Mother!

Darren Aronofsky
3
Rated by
Zachary C
Saturday, Dec 16, 2017

On a disturbance scale, Mother! falls somewhere between other Darren Aronofsky films, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, with a story more comparable to Noah combined with an all-out assault on social etiquette and political correctness that creates the strangest kind of satire.

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Song to Song (DVD)

Terrence Malick
4
Rated by
Zachary C
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017

The term "visual poem" gets thrown around a lot when describing Terrence Malick's most recent work, starting with 2011's Tree of Life. Even before then his films relied heavily on visuals to help tell the story, but his work increasingly favors beautiful imagery and strives towards creating feelings and moods more so than a continuous narrative thread. Thus, dialogue is intermittent and often jumps around. I can certainly see why this might not appeal to people.

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Wind River (DVD)

Taylore Sheridan
5
Rated by
Zachary C
Sunday, Dec 3, 2017

On the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a tracker and hunter of threatening wildlife on the reservation, protecting the people from dangerous animals. Cory finds the corpse of a teenage girl when patrolling the reservation. Young FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent in to investigate. New, inexperienced, and idealistic, Jane is quickly in over her head trying to solve the murder while adjusting to the culture shift on an Indian reservation. Cory knows the land and the people of Wind River, and Jane enlists his help.

the Accountant

The Accountant (DVD)

Gavin O'Connor
2
Rated by
Sheida B.
Saturday, Nov 25, 2017

I had high hopes for The Accountant​, a thriller with no shortage of fine actors like Jeffrey Tambor, Jean Smart, and Alison Wright (of The Americans).

The Accountant cover. Ben Affleck is prominently featured, holding a rifle, with a puzzle piece background.

The Accountant (DVD)

Warner Home Video
3
Rated by
Stefanie E.
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

Say what you want about Ben Affleck, but the man knows how to choose interesting roles in successful films.

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Mark Cousins
5
Rated by
Michelle H.
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017

The Story of Film is loaded with movie clips from all over the world, beginning at the first moment pictures moved and ending in the early 2000s. Director Mark Cousins invites us to consider how each of the films he mentions contribute to the language of movie-making. He’s a deep thinker who speaks clearly – a rare combination.

Image of woman's face behind a partially transparent figure of a man.

Nocturnal Animals (DVD)

Tom Ford
3
Rated by
Maryana K.
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017

In the trailer for Nocturnal Animals, Amy Adams's character (Susan Morrow) says, "my ex-husband use to call me a nocturnal animal . . . recently he sent me this book that he has written. It's violent and it's sad and he dedicated it to me . . . ." That line holds some creepy possibilities, but what plays out on screen is unexpected, with themes of loss, regret and revenge.

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Léon the Professional

Luc Besson
4
Rated by
Scott S.
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017

Léon: The Professional tells the story of a child-like hit man named Léon and his relationship with (and subsequent training of) a 12 year-old named Mathilda who is orphaned at the hands of insane, corrupt New York cop Norman Stansfield. It features that unique French mixture of absurdity and realism: In what world does a 12 year-old boldly shoot a handgun out of a window without consequence? How is that Léon and Mathilda's relationship is simultaneously creepy and sweet?

Babadook

The Babadook (DVD)

Jennifer Kent
4
Rated by
Sheida B.
Friday, Oct 27, 2017

I admit that I watched this movie because of Essie Davis: our very own Miss Fisher. And I found her performance quite memorable in The Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea (DVD)

Kenneth Lonergan
5
Rated by
Sheida B.
Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Love. Pain. Death. Family. These are the main themes of this excellent Amazon production.

Set among the cold and beautiful New England scenery, the story follows Lee (played by Casey Affleck) as he goes back to his hometown to take charge of his teenage nephew, Patrick (played by Lucas Hedges) after the death of Lee’s brother.

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