PHANTOM OF THE OPEN – Review by Martha K Baker

Two words: Mark Rylance. Two more words: Sally Hawkins. They co-star in The Phantom of the Open, based on the real life story of the Maurice Flitcroft, a golf legend for getting the British Open’s lowest score ever. In lesser hands the film would have been a wisp of tissue paper, but with Rylance and Hawkins, the film utterly delights as it tells of a sweetly silly moment in sports.

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THE OUTFIT – Review by Martha K Baker

Few movies qualify as perfect, but The Outfit comes as close to pure perfection as Ivory soap. Everything — from casting to writing to lighting to plotting — defines this film as worthy. Everything is doubly good, starting with the double entendre of the title. A movie about a tailor called The Outfit would seem to refer to a bespoke suit, but the title also refers to an organization, a mafia.

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DON’T LOOK UP – Review by Lauren Anderson

Don’t Look Up is a whirlwind of a movie. The Adam McKay film follows Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Mindy, two astronomers, who find themselves at the center a media frenzy while they’re attempting to warn mankind of a massive comet that’s hurtling towards Earth. While the narrative of this movie is intended to be humorous, it’s also eerily reflective of the way humanity could react if something like this were actually to happen.

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DON’T LOOK UP – Review by Martha K Baker

The title is ironic. The idea is to look up. Up there, a comet is coming this way, and it will destroy the Earth and its denizens. That’s the prediction of two astronomers, Dr. Randall Mindy and his colleague, Kate Dibiasky, still earning her doctorate (an academic point made clear in every introduction). They are Spartans at Michigan State University. Read: low-level. Read: Midwest. Which is why the President herself decrees: “Let’s get some Ivy Leaguers in here.”

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Martha K Baker

Those who did not live through the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 or follow coverage of the trial of seven men, the excellent film, The Trial of the Chicago Seven will read as incredible. Just unbelievable. For starters, men accused of being in a conspiracy had never met before that August. For another, a judge appeared to be unqualified at least, viciously loony-tunes at most.

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WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS – Review by Susan Granger

Pulitzer Prize-winning South African author J.M. Coetzee has adapted his 1980 novel – a cautionary tale about the sins of colonialism – into a mediocre movie. Making his English language debut, Colombian director Ciro Guerra and cinematographer Chris Menges filmed in Morocco and Italy, lending an evocative cinematic authenticity to the bleakly generic drama about brutality by authorities.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 27 – July 3: THE BFG

Opening June 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved childhood classic about the friendship between a small girl named Sophie and a kindly giant. Read on…

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