AFTER THE WEDDING – Review by Erica Abeel

In remakes of foreign films American directors sometimes copy the source almost to the letter. Other times they update their own version to reflect current issues. In After the Wedding Bart Freundlich and his team make the worthy effort of tweaking the original to bring women to the forefront. But much of the original’s savor is lost in translation.

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COLD WAR – Review by Erica Abeel

This visually stunning, formally immaculate, and darkly romantic film, Pawel Pawlikowski (Academy award-winner “Ida“) sets a story of star-crossed lovers against the turmoil of post-war Europe. Like other auteurs this season — think Alfonso Cuaron and “Roma” — Pawlikowski lends an epic grandeur to an intimate tale inspired by the lives of his parents. With awards time upon us, Cold War will surely be in the conversation.

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THE FAVOURITE – Review by Erica Abeel

A brash, bracing rethink of the historical costumer set in England’s 18th century court, The Favourite is far more audience friendly than the previous work of Greek auteur/provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos, whose super quirky films The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer have divided viewers. With The Favourite Lanthimos gets everyone on board in a wayward, ribald entertainment — anchored by stylish turns from Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman — that shifts women from the periphery of court intrigue to its center.

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE – Review by Erica Abeel

Far from a biopic, this portrait of Van Gogh, anchored by a shattering, career-defining turn from Willem Dafoe, flouts the usual narrative conventions. Schnabel’s film is not so much about the artist as a journey into his inner being, so we experience the world in much the same blissed-out, tormented and chaotic way he himself did.

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