SPENCER – Review by Diane Carson

As Princess Diana, Kristen Stewart gives a magnetic performance. Most impressive was her ability to capture Diana’s nonverbal subtleties and her verbal rhythms, to communicate her entrapment and then the release of dancing spontaneously, exuberantly. Stewart was asked to dance at the conclusion of many production days, and the editing together of this extemporaneous, free expression conveys what Diana has been suppressing.

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EMA – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain’s psychological drama Ema revolves around a dancer whose icy, Hitchcock-blonde looks lie lightly over a selfish, troubled interior. Ema, who also teaches expressive movement classes to schoolchildren, and her husband, choreographer Gaston, twelve years her senior, adopted a six-year-old boy Polo and then returned him to the orphanage after the child set a series of fires.

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