MOVIE OF THE WEEK, April 6, 2018: MABEL MABEL TIGER TRAINER

motw logo 1-35Leslie Zemeckis’ documentary chronicles the life of Mabel Stark, a gifted, determined and tougher than tigers woman performance artist in America from the turn of the nineteenth century to 1968, and offers a fascinating glimpse into behind-the-scenes drama of big cats in the big tent. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK, March 30: OUTSIDE IN

motw logo 1-35Lynn Shelton’s delicately rendered drama, centers on Chris (Jay Duplass,), released from 20 years in prison for a crime that wasn’t his fault. On parole due to the tireless advocacy of his former teacher, Carol (Edie Falco). he returns to a small Pacific Northwest town that doesn’t really have a place for him. Carol and her teenage daughter are his only support. Their complex relationships illuminate the power of human connection. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 23, 2018: MADAME

motw logo 1-35Despite its posh characters and haute Parisian dinner-party-centric premise, “Madame” isn’t just a zinger-filled drawing-room comedy. Rather, director/co-writer Amanda Sthers’ film is a cleverly satirical examination of class, privilege, self worth, and the bone-deep insecurities that plague us all, whether we’re hosting luminaries or serving them coffee. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK, March 16, 2018: IN THE LAND OF POMEGRANATES

motw logo 1-35Those who wonder why peace in the Middle East seems out of reach should watch In the Land of Pomegranates, Hava Kohav Beller’s thought-provoking documentary about the bitter Palestinian/Jewish conflict. Beller, an Oscar-nominated octogenarian spent more than a decade making this new film, and her patience pays off. Continue reading…

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