TOVE – Review by Martha K Baker

If you were a big fan of the Moomins but had no idea who created them, Tove will fill in all the blanks. Tove Jansson was an artist and a writer in her public life but also in her private adult life, she started with a man, then with a woman, so the feature film is perfect for Pride month.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 4, 2021: TOVE

It’s no surprise by now to discover that the private lives of the authors and artists behind some of the world’s most beloved children’s books were anything but calm (or G-rated). But it’s always fascinating to get a glimpse into the events, people, and places that shaped them and led to their iconic creations, and Zaida Bergroth’s Tove — which stars the excellent Alma Pöysti as Finnish Moomin mastermind Tove Jansson — is no exception.

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TOVE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Biopics are a dime a dozen these days with many often featuring the usual cliched rise- and-fall scenario. But with Tove, director Zaida Bergoth is lucky enough to focus on a uniquely alluring Finnish sketcher, painter and author best known for her Moomins, hippo-like creatures with puffy snouts that were featured in comic-strips and books. From the start, she was able to pick herself up and dust herself whenever the chips were down. That includes the opening scenes as she and her family head back to a rubble-filled Helsinki at the end of World War II.

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HALSTON – Review by Susan Granger

Have you ever stood in the check-out line at the supermarket, skimming through the tabloids on display? It’s like gorging yourself on salacious gossip and juicy innuendo. That’s the feeling you get watching this new five-part Netflix mini-series, starring Ewan McGregor as Roy Halston Frowick, who becomes one of America’s most famous designers.

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Filmmaker Anu Menon chats SHAKUNTALA DEVI – Mythily Ramachandran interviews (Guest Post)

Indian filmmaker Anu Menon busts Bollywood stereotypes, Known for films with stories about strong female characters, her latest feature is Shakuntala Devi, a biopic that chronicles the life of the legendary female mathematician known alternatively as the ‘wizard of India’ and the ‘human computer.’ Menon chats with Mythily Ramachandran about the titular character and making the film.

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD – Review by Sarah Knight Adamson

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers? Yep, it works—it works so well you’ll start shaking your head in utter wonderment as Tom Hanks has channeled Fred Rogers—his mannerisms, his quiet demeanor, his uncanny listening abilities, his deep curiosity into people’s lives, and his perceptive insight into a person’s soul.

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THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI – Review by Brandy McDonnell

It’s a compelling story, and Devika Bhise shows great promise in the lead role. But the script isn’t up to telling it in a worthy way, with its overdependence on flashbacks and its lack of character development. Although played by fine actors – Rupert Everett, Nathaniel Parker, Derek Jacobi, Ben Lamb and Jodhi May – the British characters are particularly one-note cardboard caricatures.

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