DARK WATERS – Review by Susan Granger

While the topic of whistleblowing is timely, this legal drama, inspired by true events, gets bogged down in dull procedural trivia. Back in 1998, Cincinnati corporate environmental defense attorney Robert Bilott was approached by a desperate West Virginia farmer, Wilbur Tennant who told him that toxic waste from DuPont was either causing disastrous birth defects and/or killing his cows.

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MARRIAGE STORY – Review by Susan Granger

You know the feeling when you have a very painful scab on your knee and you keep picking at it? That’s what writer/director Noah Baumbach has created in this bitter, corrosive tale about the dissolution of a marriage. Beginning as ‘cinema verite,’ recalling the 1960s French film movement which featured natural actions and authentic dialogue, it inexplicably then morphs into near-farce and melodic metaphors.

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FROZEN II – Review by Susan Granger

Based on a story by Chris Buck, Marc E. Smith, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez – which traces its antecedents to Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” – it’s written by Jennifer Lee, who did the first installment, and co-directs with Chris Buck, once aging focusing on Anna and Elsa as self-reliant, resilient role-models for young girls.

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PARASITE – Review by Susan Granger

When South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival it didn’t surprise those who were dazzled by his post-apocalyptic “Snowpiercer” (2013) and fantastical “Okja” (2017). His newest venture explores the dynamics between two families at opposite ends of the economic spectrum in Seoul, combining crime drama, black comedy and dark social satire as their disparate worlds collide.

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JO JO RABBIT – Review by Susan Granger

Director Taika Waititi’s approach to ridiculing Hitler is unique. Set in the fictional town of Falkenheim in Germany during the closing months of W.W.II, he focuses on plucky 10 year-old Johannes Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), who is “massively into swastikas” and besotted with his imaginary friend, buffoonish Adolf Hitler (Waititi).

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MIDWAY – Review by Susan Granger

With its theatrical release well-timed for Veterans’ Day weekend, Roland Emmerich’s saga recalls a pivotal W.W.II battle in the South Pacific. Historians cite the Battle of Midway as the most effective naval warfare operation, debilitating the Imperial Japanese Navy just six months after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor left the U.S. fleet in ruins.

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