JULES – Review by Susan Granger

Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) stars in the comedic drama Jules, which might also be called ‘Close Encounters of the Lonely Kind’ or ‘Cocoon’ revisited.. Superbly directed by Marc Turtletaub from quirky, captivating script by Gavin Steckler, it’s an absolute gem. What a delight to watch seasoned actors, including professional stunt performer Quon, bring this gently touching sci-fi fantasy to life.

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JULES – Review by T. J. Callahan

In the new sci fi comedy, Jules, Milton has a close encounter with a third kind when a spaceship crash lands into his backyard azalea bushes in rural Pennsylvania. Jules is the moniker given to the alien pilot after the E.T. is invited into Milton’s home for apples, water and a warm blanket. Jules is more of a film fable than a true science fiction adventure. This reimagined Cocoon gives us a lesson in ageism and allows its elderly characters to stay relevant, keep their dignity, make a plan and see it to fruition with believability and without relying on slapstick humor and mugging for the cameras.

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JULES – Review by Leslie Combemale

With age comes invisibility. How do people struggling with that truth break out beyond it, to make new connections and have meaningful interactions? That’s really the starting point and the emotional touchstone for producer/director Marc Turtletaub’s new dramedy Jules. The trailer and tagline, (“You won’t believe what just crashed into Milton’s azaleas”), reveal the film is centered around how aging widower Milton (Ben Kingsley) handles an alien’s spaceship crashing into his backyard, but the sci-fi element is just a jumping-off point for a funny, poignant tale of friendship and loneliness.

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PUZZLE — Review by Martha K. Baker

Puzzle is aptly named for a game and a dilemma. Puzzles are what children do to learn eye/hand coordination. But when Agnes receives a puzzle for her birthday, she is drawn to it like filings to magnet. She is a housewife for a festering man child, who works in a garage and expects his dinner on the table. Imagine his surprise when he finds a puzzle on it instead.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 27, 2018: PUZZLE

motw logo 1-35Quiet but quite compelling, Puzzle pieces together the affecting story of a midlife suburban wife and mother (played by the brilliant Kelly Macdonald) whose innate talent for jigsaw puzzling pushes her beyond the borders of her humdrum domestic routine into an adventure of self-discovery.

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