THE WORLD TO COME – Review by Martha K Baker

Abigail’s journal begins on Jan. 1, 1856: “With little pride and less hope, we begin a new year.” Her soft, plain voice, intoning her written words aloud, drives The World to Come as surely as the hand-lettered dates on its pages. The film is beautiful, sad, historical, and hopeful. As the title suggests, Heaven, the world to come, holds hope for women like Abigail. She milks the cows, kneads the biscuits, feeds the chickens, knits. Grieving the loss of her daughter to diphtheria, she withholds herself from her dominant husband’s desires.

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PIECES OF A WOMAN – Review by Susan Granger

As their story begins, pregnant Martha (Vanessa Kirby) is feted at an office baby shower, while her husband Sean (Shia LaBeouf), a construction engineer on a Charles River bridge project in Boston, is so eager to become a father that he frames the ultrasound photographs of their daughter to hang in the nursery.

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PIECES OF A WOMAN – Review by Pamela Powell

Young love, a new marriage and the excitement of becoming parents for the first time implodes when a tragic accident occurs during the birthing process. Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf star in the new Netflix film Pieces of a Woman as Martha and Sean, the mismatched but charming couple who find themselves in an inexorable downward spiral after losing their baby.

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PIECES OF A WOMAN – Review by Martha K Baker

“The first 30 minutes of [‘Pieces of a Woman’] contain some of the most intense footage you will see this year — quite possibly the most bloodcurdling images of [birth], in all its hideous brutality, you have ever seen.” That quote paraphrases the Washington Post’s review of Stephen Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan from 1998. But those words apply equally to the first 30 minutes of “Pieces of a Woman

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PIECES OF A WOMAN – Review by Carol Cling

The title Pieces of a Woman is a clue that reveals more than the filmmakers probably intended. That’s because the protagonist, Martha (a heartbreaking Vanessa Kirby), isn’t the only disjointed, fragmented one. So is the movie that tells her story. Director Kornel Mundruczo seems more interested in displaying symbol-alert imagery than in concentrating on the people in pieces.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 26, 2020: MR. JONES

As if we need further proof that cries of “fake news” are desperate attempts of the complicit to deny their wrongdoing, Agnieszka Holland’s truth-based thriller Mr. Jones tells the stirring story of 1930s Welsh journalist Gareth Jones. He broke the story of the Holodomor, a massive engineered famine in Soviet-run Ukraine, only to have his claims declared false by those who sought to champion the Soviet Union’s communist revolution and form advantageous alliances with the powerful nation.

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HOBBS & SHAW – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw the new spin-off drama from the Fast & Furious franchise, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) reluctantly join forces to take down a cybernetically enhanced villain (Idris Elba) who is hellbent on obtaining a super virus so he can develop mean, lean fighting hybrid machines like him that will rule the world.

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