THE BOOKSHOP — Review by Cate Marquis

bookshop posterIn 1950s Britain, a widow moves to a small English village, buys a old house in town that had stood empty for years, with the intention to open a bookshop. Sounds harmless enough, maybe even something the village would welcome. But Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) does not find it so. It isn’t so much the bookshop that is the problem, although one seemly friendly villager offers her the not-to-encouraging advice that people around there don’t read. Well, the villager admits, there is one reader, the reclusive Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy) but he never leaves his decaying mansion. No, the real problem,as it turns out, is not lack of readers, but that Florence happened to pick as the spot for her bookshop the very old house that a powerful local aristocrat Violet Gamat (Patricia Clarkson) had her eye on, planning to turn the building that everyone in town calls “the old house” into an “arts center.” Continue reading…

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THE BOOKSHOP — Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarkson in one movie? That is a dream team right there. Despite such a quality cast, however, The Bookshop will likely test the patience of those who require peppier pacing and more compelling drama, even in a well-meaning film set in a British seaside village in 1959. Director Isabel Coixet’s screenplay, based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, focuses on Florence, a young widow (Mortimer) who decides to open a book store in an old damp house in the heart of the community. That is despite protestations by the town’s wealthy grand dame, Violet (Clarkson), who wants to use the same property for a local arts center — and will stoop to any means to get her way. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT AUGUST 2018: Emily Mortimer, Actress, Producer, Screenwriter and Loyal Feminist Colleague

emily_mortimer 018.tifEmily Mortimer’s new film, The Bookshop, releases theatrically this month, and she’s doing a lot of press. She is disarmingly charming. The the longer you speak with her, the more she seems to the quintessential English lady, one whose personality encompasses the casually polite and well-appointed elegance of a gal you might encounter on a commuter train from Oxford to Southhampton, along with the admirable qualities of stalwart Women’s Land Army volunteers who fed their country during World War II. Continue reading…

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LEARNING TO DRIVE – Review by Susan Granger

learning to drive posterIf you enjoy richly observed, cross-cultural character studies, this dramedy should appeal to you. When she’s is abruptly dumped by her longtime husband (Jake Weber) for a younger woman, starchy Manhattan literary critic Wendy Shields (Patricia Clarkson) is bereft. After 21 years of marriage, she is forced to sell their book-filled Upper West Side brownstone and begin life anew in a small apartment. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug 17 – Aug 23: LEARNING TO DRIVE

learning to drive posterOpening August 21, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Learning to Drive, the new film from veteran Spanish director Isabel Coixet. Based on the New Yorker essay by Katha Pollitt, it stars Patricia Clarkson as a New York writer who works to get her first driver’s license after her marriage breaks down. Read on…

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TIFF 2014, An Overview – Julide Tanriverdi Reports

It was that time of the year again. Film lovers came in droves to Toronto to spend the last few sunny days of summer inside theaters. The Toronto International Film – TIFF for short – showed over 350 films. Usually known for their distinguished selection that paves the way to the award season, this year they were a little bit overshadowed by other festivals. Cannes, Venice and Telluride showed many of the highly anticipated films already and very few movies celebrated their world premiere on Canadian soil. Read on…

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