THE DEATH OF STALIN – Review by Martha P. Nochimson

You can’t get a better deflector for these dark days in the United States than a serio-comic farce set in the now defunct Soviet Union in 1953, as the mammoth country was given an opportunity to emerge from the rigid structure of Stalin’s tyranny. The Death of Stalin (2017) directed by political satirist Armando Ianucci is such film, a comic tour de force about the anarchy hidden within despotism.

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JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN – Review by Martha K. Baker

Johnny English provides long-for comic relief. Ready for No. 3? First, there was Johnny English in 2003, then Johnny English Reborn in 2011. The spyman strikes again. Not a moment too soon: in an autumn film season rife with drugs, dementia, and dissolution, we needed comic relief. Who better than Johnny English, played exquisitely by Rowan Atkinson?

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THE DEATH OF STALIN — Review by Martha K. Baker

“The Death of Stalin” does not purport to be history, so anyone going to learn about this moment in Russian history will be terribly confused. Anyone going to see satire about anarchy will be satisfied. There’s no way to see this film without thinking of the reports out of the White House concerning process chaos and policy chaos, something that the current administration admittedly thrives on.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 11-17: A PERFECT DAY

Opening January 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is A Perfect Day, the new drama from Spanish writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa about a group of aid workers attempting to resolve a crisis in an armed Balkan conflict zone. Read on…

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