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  • Nashville
  • The Conversation
  • Walkabout
  • Time Out

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  • The Conversation

    ★★★★★

  • The Velvet Queen

    ★★★★

  • Being the Ricardos

    ★★★

  • A Hero

    ★★★½

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    I am giving it a like and three-star rating solely for Alana Haim's performance and for her character being so interesting. She well deserves all the acclaim she is getting. But after all the hype, I was pretty much underwhelmed by the movie, and at times bored, despite a few truly funny moments. A lot of the humor, such as the way the white restaurateur speaks to his Japanese girlfriends, was lame. I just couldn't get into the shaggy-ness of…

  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★

    This film gets three stars from me only because Stephen Karam's wonderful script, from his play about the personal fears and downward mobility of a family gathered in a decrepit apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. And there is some fine acting in the film, particularly by Amy Schumer and Jayne Houdyshell. But unlike the play, the acting here takes a backseat to lingering attention to the apartment's physical decay, visual distortions and at times a thunderous soundtrack, to the detriment of appreciating all that is happening to the troubled family.

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    I have a question, particularly for people (like myself) who are from first- and second-generation ethnic-American families living in NYC's outer boroughs: Did the family seem more Italian-American than Greek-American?

    With my nit-picky question out of the way, there was a lot of great acting in this film, particularly by Olivia Coleman and Jessie Buckley who so believably play the same complicated character at different ages. It's great that the director, Maggie Gylenhaal, decided not to rely on make-up and prosthetics to transform an actor to look 20-years older or younger.

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★

    While the film has some good acting, exciting skating, and an engaging pace. the film's tone is uneven, not letting itself be totally comic yet still managing to present domestic violence for laughs in an offensive way. Also, the film fails to support what I would think is an intended theme of the movie, as expressed by Tonya in her final monologue: that there is no truth, that everyone has their own version of the truth. With the exception of…