DEEP WATER – Review by Susan Granger

Director Adrian Lyne built his reputation on kinky, erotic thrillers like 9 ½ Weeks, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal, and Unfaithful, so it’s not surprising that he capitalized on the off-camera romance between Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas to take advantage of their sexual chemistry in this sizzler. Problem is: as a psychosexual whodunit, the perverse plot makes no sense whatever.

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THE TENDER BAR – Review by Susan Granger

Directed by George Clooney, this gentle, coming-of-age story revolves around J.R. (played as a child by Daniel Ranieri, then by Tye Sheridan), growing up in Manhasset, Long Island, during the late 1970s/early 1980s with his single mother Dorothy (Lily Rabe), cantankerous grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) and affable Uncle Charlie (Ben Affleck), who proudly drives a stunning blue-green Cadillac convertible.

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THE TENDER BAR – Review by Diane Carson

Director George Clooney has a refined touch, by which I mean that without understatement and restraint The Tender Bar could have easily tipped over into sentimental mush, which it doesn’t. Instead, it presents a snapshot of 1970s and 80s working class individuals inhabiting Manhasset, Long Island and New Haven, and the communities they share. Based on J.R. Moehringer’s 2005 memoir of that title, the story focuses on J.R. at two decisive stages of life: as an impressionable boy and a student at Yale.

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52nd New York Film Festival: Provocation and Pleasure – Rania Richardson Comments

Many of the films in the recently concluded 52nd New York Film Festival will fill theaters, fuel discussions, and collect awards for months to come. Topping the list is Citizenfour, a late edition to the tightly edited festival’s main slate of 31 features. Other films of particular interest include Birdman, Inherent Vice, and The Wonder.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 3: GONE GIRL

Opening Oct. 3, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Gone Girl, David Fincher’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling page turner. Flynn has also written the screenplay, which sees Ben Affleck as an adoring husband who must fight to prove his innocence when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears. A stylish, intriguing thriller where nothing is as it seems…Read on…

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