Coco

Adventure, Animation, Family ‐ November 21, 2017
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“Coco” is the sprightly story of a young boy who wants to be a musician and somehow finds himself communing with other talking skeletons in the land of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and veteran Pixar animator Adrian Molina, and drawing heavily on Mexican folklore and traditional designs, it has catchy music, a complex but comprehensible plot, and bits of domestic comedy and media satire. Most of the time the movie is a knockabout slapstick comedy with a “Back to the Future” feeling, staging grand action sequences and feeding audiences new plot information every few minutes, …

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Call Me by Your Name

Drama, Romance ‐ November 20, 2017
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Call Me by Your Name

Luca Guadagnino’s films are all about the transformative power of nature—the way it allows our true selves to shine through and inspires us to pursue our hidden passions. From the wild, windswept hills of “I Am Love” to the chic swimming pool of “A Bigger Splash,” Guadagnino vividly portrays the outside world as almost a character in itself—driving the storyline, urging the other characters to be bold, inviting us to feel as if we, too, are a part of this intoxicating atmosphere. Never has this been more true than in “Call Me By Your Name,” a lush and vibrant masterpiece …

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The Star

Adventure, Animation, Comedy ‐ November 17, 2017
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You know what would make the Nativity story so much better? Wise-cracking animated animals that save the day—or so the creative team behind this holiday-themed family flick thinks. The critters apparently have waited far too long to be hailed for their participation on that special night. That appears to be the motivating factor behind “The Star,” a retelling of the first Christmas directed by Timothy Reckart in a feature debut that might have its heart in the right place but can’t quite manage to smoothly blend the spiritual with the silly without a few Biblical hitches here and there. 

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The Divine Order

Drama ‐ November 17, 2017
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It is perhaps no accident that the heroine of this story of women’s liberation in early 1970’s Switzerland is named Nora. The legendary proto-feminist heroine of Ibsen’s 19th-century drama walked out of her doll’s house about 100 years before the Nora of this movie walks out on her husband, two sons, and borderline abusive father in law.  The Nora of this film, written and directed by Petra Volpe, doesn’t seem likely to leave forever. Despite the elevation of consciousness that takes place throughout this movie, her bond to her husband Hans and her two kids is strong. The most pleasurable …

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The Breadwinner

Animation, Drama, War ‐ November 17, 2017
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The Breadwinner

Based on the popular young adult novel by Deborah Ellis,“The Breadwinner” is an ambitious but occasionally uneven animated film that tells the story of Parvana (voiced by Saara Chaudry), an eleven-year-old girl living in Kabul with her family under Taliban rule. While women are forbidden to leave their house to go to the marketplace, Parvana is allowed there as long as she is accompanied by her beloved father (Ali Badshah), a one-legged former teacher. The heroine’s father tries to instill the importance of telling stories, both as a way to distract from the horrors of the outside world and to …

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