GREEN BOOK – Review by Mae Abdulbaki

Peter Farrelly, whose filmography consists of mostly comedies such as There’s Something About Mary and Dumb and Dumber, takes on a different kind of film with Green Book. Co-written by Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, and Brian Hayes Currie, the film downplays Mahershala Ali’s character and backstory, focuses too much on Tony’s perspective, and is far too familiar of a story in all the negative ways.

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AT ETERNITY’S GATE – Review by Erica Abeel

Far from a biopic, this portrait of Van Gogh, anchored by a shattering, career-defining turn from Willem Dafoe, flouts the usual narrative conventions. Schnabel’s film is not so much about the artist as a journey into his inner being, so we experience the world in much the same blissed-out, tormented and chaotic way he himself did.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Review by Susan Granger

Confession: Rock music is not my thing, so perhaps I’m the only person on the planet who didn’t know who Freddie Mercury or Queen was – until now – and Rami Malek’s magnificent performance blew me away! Named after Queen’s innovative, six-minute, genre-melding musical masterpiece, this film chronicles the rise-and-fall of the band’s flamboyant, yet enigmatic frontman.

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BECOMING ASTRID – Review by Loren King

Whether you are a fan of the beloved Pippi Longstocking tales, or know nothing about them or their author, Astrid Lindgren, Becoming Astrid is a welcome introduction. Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman, focusing on her formative years before she became an acclaimed children’s author.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Review by Martha K Baker

Bohemian Rhapsody soars like Mercury. Freddie Mercury lived boldly, brilliantly, wildly, musically, and he died far too young of complications of AIDS. In this biopic, the band, Queen, collaborated with their drama queen on the music, its presentation and its evolutions. And Bohemian Rhapsody re-vivifies the life.

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