WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE – Review by Leslie Combemale

It’s summer, yes, but don’t we all have time for a good gothic yarn? We Have Always Lived in the Castle might be the perfect recalibration to bring nihilistic ennui into your summer time fun. The film gets under your skin, making you consider what you would do for the ones you love. It will also serve to make nearly everyone grateful for the family they live with, so egregious is the one portrayed onscreen..

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WHAT THEY HAD – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

“Grandma drank the holy water,” says Taissa Farmiga’s moody college student. “At least she’s hydrated,” says Michael Shannon as her uncle who laughs mostly to keep him and the audience from crying. That first-time filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko can pull off this sort of humor in a movie that revolves around the evil disease that is dementia is a feat achieved primarily based on the strength of her casting choices.

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WHAT THEY HAD – Review by Martha K Baker

What They Had brilliantly outlines a war at home. Writer Elizabeth Chomko won an Academy Fellowship in 2015 for the script of What They Had. For good reason: it’s brilliant. The sad thing is that hardly anyone is going to see the product of her pen or her direction for the subject matter traditionally deters movie-goers just looking for fun.

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