THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW – Review by Susan Granger

Occasionally, there’s a book-to-film adaptation that is an utter disaster. Netflix’ The Woman in the Window is one. Based on A.J. Finn’s 2018 best-seller, it’s set on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in the huge home of Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a child psychologist who became agoraphobic after a traumatic accident.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Martha K Baker

“Poverty porn” suffuses Hillbilly Elegy as does self-aggrandizement (see the cards and rotogravure with the credits). Hillbilly Elegy skims the surface of the book to focus on family more than politics, resulting in a tolerable film. Thankfully, it’s not Hee-Haw, but it’s not Barbara Kopple’s iconic documentary, Harlan County, U.S.A. either.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Susan Granger

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is about his chaotic childhood. It’s been termed “poverty porn,” detailing his mother’s chronic drug addiction, pivoting from personal “down home” recollections to inevitable culture clashes. In the film adaptation, it comes across as a family drama, a resonant slice of rural Americana.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

When J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, landed on best-seller lists just months before Donald J. Trump would become our 45th president, it was treated like portal into the mind set of those in the disenfranchised white underclass who supported him.

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VICE – Review by Diane Carson

Vice presents a wild, irreverent ride through Dick Cheney’s life. Writer/director Adam McKay tackles Dick Cheney’s public and private life head on in Vice, a title with provocative insinuations far beyond Cheney’s years 2001 to 2009 as President’s George W. Bush’s Vice President. After introductory, amusing text on screen, the story proper begins in Caspar, Wyoming, in 1963 with a speedy, loud opening scene of Dick stopped for drunk driving.

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