UNCUT GEMS – Review by Tara McNamara

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Film festival favorites Benny and Josh Safdie place Adam Sandler inside a cacophony of annoyance in this dramedy. Uncut Gems is an assault of the senses: It has a loathsome central character, unsteady camera work, a thunderstorm of profanity/yelling inside a world of antagonistic relationships, and an out-of-place early-’80s synthesizer score. The elements work against each other. The whole movie feels almost like an exercise in seeing how much an audience can tolerate, including how it plays into negative stereotypes. Continue reading.

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Tara McNamara

Tara McNamara has carved out a niche as a movie journalist with expertise in family films, including serving as the Fandango’s Film Mom and a Common Sense Media movie critic. She led the recurring "Reel Moms" segment on “Today," was Variety's news anchor on Sirius Radio and a regular contributor to "The Insider," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Inside Edition." She currently runs 80sMovieGuide.com and co-hosts the '80s Movies: A Guide to What's Wrong with Your Parents podcast.