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 February 9: THAT’S NOT ME

motw logo 1-35 Australian filmmaker Alice Foulcher co-wrote, co-produced and stars in That’s Not Me, an appealing comedy send up about sibling rivalry, personal identity, fame and the whims of showbiz. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 5, 2018 : MOLLY’S GAME

motw logo 1-35MOLLY’S GAME presents the truth-based story of a young woman whose moxie and determination lead her down a path of unwise choices, and then allow her to find a way out of the difficult circumstances in which she lands. Jessica Chastain’s performance certainly does justice to Molly’s quest. Continue reading….

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 17: THE BREADWINNER

motw logo 1-35The hardship of being female under Taliban rule is agonizingly clear in The Breadwinner, an engaging and heartwrenching animated tale about a girl who must pretend to be a boy so she can provide for her impoverished and beleaguered family. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 10: MUDBOUND

motw logo 1-35Telling the intertwining stories of two families — one white, one black — living on the same piece of rural Mississippi farmland in the 1940s, Dee ReesMudbound blends strong performances, notable cinematography, and heartbreaking human drama. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 18-25: DETROIT

Intense. Infuriating. Immediate. Kathryn Bigelow’s powerful, often-heartbreaking historical drama Detroit is all of these things and more. Set amid the chaos, violence, and anger of the riots that dominated Motor City during the summer of 1967, the film’s narrative focuses on the police brutality that took place at the Algiers Motel on July 25 and 26 of that year, and the justice system’s subsequent whitewashing of that heinous event. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 14-21: THE MIDWIFE

motw logo 1-35Two women, one old wound, and a whole lot of wine. Boiled down to its essential ingredients, Martin Provost’s new film The Midwife is diverting enough, filled with small pleasures, and sometimes that is enough. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 16 – 23: MAUDIE

motw logo 1-35 Director Aisling Walsh’s film Maudie centres around the life and work of Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. Lewis is familiar to Canadians and to art lovers around the world from her iconic paintings, made during the latter part of her life, but the film actually begins with the portrait of the artist as a young woman. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 9 – 16: MEGAN LEAVEY

motw logo 1-35A film about a woman and a dog already has one at a distinct advantage. Critical faculties are of little avail against the soulful eyes of an adorable canine. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film Megan Leavey pulls at the heartstrings with near shameless abandon. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK, May 26 to June 2, 2017: THE FIFTH ELEMENT

motw logo 1-35Leeloo is back! SONY marks the 20 anniversary of Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and its iconic heroine with theatrical re-release and July delivery of a special edition 4K UHD. Milla Jovovich’s Leeloo is perfection, a supreme being who has unique survival skills and high power compassion. The film is still visually stunning, thrilling to watch. Continue reading…

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