RARE OBJECTS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

For her third feature film, actor-turned-director Katie Holmes appointed herself a challenging task: adapting a novel that is introspective and meandering, neither of which are qualities that easily translate to the screen. The result? Rare Objects is not entirely successful. But it is honest and unassuming, a story about kindness and gentleness that is never insipid or sentimental.

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RARE OBJECTS – Review by Liz Braun

Rare Objects is obviously a labour of love for Katie Holmes, who co-wrote, directed and produced the movie and stars in it as well. The film is a gentle drama about a young woman putting her life back together after traumatic events. As co-writer Holmes may have got too close to the material; there are too many minor subplots and characters detracting from the main narrative. But, a terrific cast offers strong performances, including that of the underrated Derek Luke who steals every scene he’s in.

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ALONE TOGETHER – Review by Martha K Baker

Alone Together joins a lengthy roster of films that fail to live up to promise. It’s also one of those films that calls for interrogation: Where does it go wrong? Who is to blame? How much time does it deserve in the viewing before the leaving? Looking for someone to blame means glancing no further than the triplicated credit: Katie Holmes not only stars in Alone Together but also wrote and directed it.

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PITCH PERFECT 2, MAD MAX and Quick Hitters re Varda, Bigelow, Holmes and more — Brandy McDonnell comments

To quote the Beyonce song used in one of Pitch Perfect 2’s musical numbers, girls do indeed run the world

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 30-April 5, 2015: WOMAN IN GOLD

Opening April 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Woman in Gold, director Simon Curtis’ follow-up to 2011’s My Week With Marilyn. It stars Helen Mirren as real-life Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, in later life, fought to recover family artwork stolen by the Nazis.

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