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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.

DVD cover

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.

black and white cover featuring a drawing of the title character with a hat and sunglasses

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.

Green cuddly dragon sniffing a boy's outstretched arm

Pete's Dragon (DVD)

Walt Disney
4
Rated by
Terri B.
Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017

In this enjoyable remake of Disney's classic Pete's Dragon, Pete is on a trip with his mom and dad when a deer leaps into the road causing a fatal crash. Five year old Pete is the only survivor. Thanks to Elliot, a precious-looking dragon with hair like a soft grassy meadow, Peter survivors for six years in the wilderness.

Paterson

Paterson (DVD)

Jim Jarmusch
5
Rated by
Sheida B.
Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

Paterson is a quiet, beautiful love story. It depicts a week in the life of a bus driver named Paterson (Adam Driver) and his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). They live in the town of Paterson, New Jersey, which William Carlos Williams immortalized in his poetry. In his spare time, our Paterson writes poetry, mostly love poems about his wife. He writes down his poems wherever he can: in a small cupboard in the basement, in the bus before he starts work.

Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

I love a good cookie and a good murder mystery. When I heard about Murder, She Baked, based on Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series, I couldn't wait to check it out. I have been meaning to read Fluke's Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, which is first in the series and is the plot for this Hallmark TV movie.

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