CYRANO – Review by Susan Granger

It’s not about the nose! Director Joe Wright re-imagines Edmund Rostand’s 1897 poetic drama Cyrano de Bergerac about a swashbuckling poet/solider with self-esteem issues. In her musical adaptation of the French classic love story, Erika Schmidt discards the gigantic nose as an impediment and substitutes short stature. Cyrano is embodied by Peter Dinklage.

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CYRANO – Review by Diane Carson

Cyrano charms and surprises with songs, dances, and duels. Confirming, again, that revered stories attract, perhaps even need, updates, director Joe Wright’s reinterpretation of Cyrano both charms and surprises. Its unexpected tone and style, replete with songs, dances, and duels, features the amazingly versatile Peter Dinklage as the love-struck but insecure poet Cyrano de Bergerac longing for the beautiful Roxanne. He’s certain his height precludes any romantic success. Familiarity with Edmond Rostand’s legendary 1897 story may help viewers immerse themselves in this version, but the acting and action, the lavish art direction and superb staging (shot in Noto, Sicily) make this adaptation a triumph.

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CYRANO – Review by Joan Amenn

Sometimes a film takes a second viewing to make you aware of how much it moves you. If you have a rather cynical view of romance, perhaps, “Cyrano” (2021) won’t be your cup of tea. Or you might find yourself humming one of the tunes from the soundtrack days later and realize this very romantic film has worked itself through your thorny defenses despite yourself. I confess I am in the latter camp.

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CYRANO – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Cyrano, a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s famous tragic romance, is as besotted with language as is its protagonist, a man enraptured with a woman he thinks won’t love him back. Besotted and enraptured might seem heady words nowadays, but heightened wordplay is the lingua franca of this film’s Paris of 1640, where people admire the cut of a barb as much as swordsmanship.

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I CARE A LOT – Review by Diane Carson

It isn’t often that a fictional film boldly explores the ugly side of those who con the elderly. Already, then, I Care a Lot wades into unusual territory. But that barely suggests the unexpected, wildly daring narrative that writer/director J Blakeson presents without sentimental indulgence. In fact, unmitigated depravity comes without a hint of empathy.

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I CARE A LOT – Review by Lois Alter Mark

I Care a Lot is a wild ride of a movie – which is definitely not what you would expect from a story about legal conservatorship. Rosamund Pike is riveting as Marla Grayson, a legal guardian who preys on the elderly. I Care a Lot joins Promising Young Woman in a new genre of films that present important topics in a fresh, original way and make people pay attention. Rather than preach or lecture, they get their point across by brilliantly using dark humor and eye-popping style.

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THREE CHRISTS – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The film is loosely drawn from Milton Rokeach’s controversial 1964 psychiatric case study “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti,” but you don’t have to do much research to realize that the movie has been embellished with many made-up plot machinations – including one big morbid twist that is totally made up – that mostly detract from the potentially fascinating story.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 20-26: PIXELS

Opening July 24, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pixels, the new sci-fi actioner from director Chris Columbus which sees aliens attack the earth in the form of video games after they misinterpret classic arcade games as a declaration of war.. Read on…

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