MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The story picks up when Jonas, an ornery, action-packed 11-year-old taking piano lessons, becomes enamored of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” He is determined to learn the piece even though his teacher warns him that it may be too difficult musically as well as emotionally for someone his age.

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LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

True to the title, though, the documentarians devote much of the film to archival footage of Ronstadt singing during her prime. Listening to one of the most successful pop stars of the 1970s blast through many of her hits, including “Different Drum,” “You’re No Good” and “Long Long Time,” with the warmth and might of a sunbeam for 95 minutes proves a beguiling pleasure worth soaking in.

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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA – Review by Diane Carson

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda profiles this talented, humble composer. Some rare, wonderful individuals have the gift of modeling ways to approach life and persevere in the face of illness. One of those amazing people is Ryuichi Sakamoto, an award-winning Japanese musician and an environmental activist. In the documentary tribute to him, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, director Stephen Nomura Schible captures his spirit, his art, and his inspirational approach to society.

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