HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Martha K Baker

“Poverty porn” suffuses Hillbilly Elegy as does self-aggrandizement (see the cards and rotogravure with the credits). Hillbilly Elegy skims the surface of the book to focus on family more than politics, resulting in a tolerable film. Thankfully, it’s not Hee-Haw, but it’s not Barbara Kopple’s iconic documentary, Harlan County, U.S.A. either.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Susan Granger

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is about his chaotic childhood. It’s been termed “poverty porn,” detailing his mother’s chronic drug addiction, pivoting from personal “down home” recollections to inevitable culture clashes. In the film adaptation, it comes across as a family drama, a resonant slice of rural Americana.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

When J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, landed on best-seller lists just months before Donald J. Trump would become our 45th president, it was treated like portal into the mind set of those in the disenfranchised white underclass who supported him.

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Ron Howard Talks DADS – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Director, Bryce Dallas Howard set out to create a tribute film to her father, Ron Howard, but through the process, produced a movie to which we can all relate. Dads features Hollywood celebrity dads telling funny and serious anecdotes about their kids with sure-fire delivery that brightens your spirits. Here’s what principal dad Ron Howard has to say about his daughter’s directorial debut.

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TIFF 19 Ron Howard talks DADS, Bryce Dallas and Women in Film – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Ron Howard beams when he’s asked to comment on his daughter’s directing debut. In Dads, Bryce Dallas Howard’s documents anecdotes, humor and wisdom told by famous Hollywood fathers Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Neil Patrick Harris and Ron Howard, among others, who answer the question, “What does it mean to be a dad in today’s society?”

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