MOONLIGHT SONATA DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – Review by Carol Cling

More than anything, perhaps, Moonlight Sonata provides a powerful reminder (as if we needed one) that truth can be far more compelling than fiction. It showcases elements — memorable characters, gripping conflicts, striking imagery— that many contemporary fictional features never bother to attempt, let alone achieve.

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THE SECOND SUN – Review by Carol Cling

there’s a razor-thin but unmistakable line that separates sentiment from sentimentality, and The Second Sun can’t always tell the difference between the two. Sometimes you find a genuinely moving portrait of two engaging characters yearning for comfort and connection. And sometimes you get a movie so busy plucking your heartstrings it forgets to touch your heart.

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LADYWORLD – Review by Carol Cling

Ladyworld may be a new cinematic destination, but the territory it explores is hardly uncharted. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before (and you have): disparate characters, stranded together and struggling for survival following a cataclysmic event. Some scenarios focus on the group’s collective battle against the elements. Ladyworld follows another, equally familiar tradition: group members battling each other.

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MISS ARIZONA — Review by Carol Cling

Sisters are doing it for themselves — on the screen and behind the scenes — in Miss Arizona. A light-hearted blend of familiar movie formats — including fish-out-of-water comedy, mismatched-buddies romp and all-night odyssey — Miss Arizona doesn’t take itself too seriously. Which is to its credit, considering the hardly amusing themes it addresses, among them homelessness, fractured families and the ever-growing divide between haves and have-nots.

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