COLOR OUT OF SPACE – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by a 1927 H.P. Lovecraft short story, this sci-fi terror tale revolves around former city dwellers – Nathan (Nicolas Cage) and Theresa (Joely Richardson) Gardner – who have moved to the country with their three children: Lavinia (Madeline Arthur), Benny (Brendan Meyer) and Jack (Jullian Hilliard). Sound relatable?

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THE GENTLEMEN – Review by Susan Granger

Writer/director Guy Ritchie concocts a complicated, contrived, often confusing plot that’s filled with bloody bickering and betrayal, augmented by clever twists, along with a total disregard for political correctness, since one character is offensively referred to as “the Chinaman” while another is “the Jew.”

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – Review by Susan Granger

After George Lucas sold the Star Wars franchise to Disney, J.J. Abrams masterminded the final three ‘origin story’ episodes, introducing desert scavenger-turned-Jedi Rey and First Order Supreme Leader Kylo Ren – a.k.a. Ben Solo – under Sith Emperor Palpatine . This installment begins a year after The Last Jedi. Stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn and spice-smuggling ace pilot Poe Dameron have been sent to search the galaxy for potential allies.

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LITTLE WOMEN – Review by Susan Granger

Since Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird was one of my 2017 favorites, I had high hopes for her version of Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic story, but she butchers it! Rather than relate it chronologically, Gerwig shuffles, subverts and skips pivotal scenes, except for the opening Christmas letter from Father and the wryly romantic conclusion.

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WAVES – Review by Susan Granger

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a proverb dating back to the 11th century’s Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. That’s perhaps the best way to describe Trey Edward Shults’ saga about an upper-middle-class, African-American family in suburban South Florida in which a domineering father who thinks he’s doing all the right things to keep his volatile 18 year-old son on the right track.

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THE GOOD LIAR – Review by Susan Granger

In their first film together, Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen match wits in a clever crime caper, set in London. Widowed Betty McLeish (Mirren) is a retired Oxford professor with $3.6 million in assets and no idea how to invest her money. Tweedy, chivalrous Roy (McKellen) Courtnay is the professional con man she meets via an on-line service called Distinctive Dating.

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