CHAMPIONS – Review by T. J. Callahan

Based on a 2018 Spanish film called Campeones, Champions is basically A League of Their Own. After a series of indiscretions, a minor-league basketball coach (Woody Harrelson) is fired and ordered by a judge to carry out community service as the manager of The Friends, a team of hoops players with intellectual disabilities. Some critics are saying the film is patronizing and making a mockery of the disabled community, but that’s not the case. The cast brings out the best in each other and all are true champions.

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TRIANGLE OF SADNESS – Review by Susan Granger

I was stunned that Ruben Ostlund’s tedious Triangle of Sadness not only won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival but went on to snag three Academy Award nominations for Picture, Director and Original Screenplay. The Swedish writer-director begins this gross social satire by introducing two vapid, if photogenic models, an amiable elderly English weapons-dealing couple and a Russian oligarch, among others, aboard a doomed luxury yacht that is captained by a drunk Marxist (Woody Harrelson). Triangle of Sadness is smug and self-indulgent. But, obviously, my negative opinion is in the minority on this one.

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THE TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (TIFF 2022) – Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

The Triangle of Sadness perfectly captures the balance of power and how it can shift. It all comes down to what you know, what you can do and what you cannot. Humans are corrupt, whether rich or poor. And when the poor gets a chance to stand out, they’re abused, taken advantage of, and the actual humiliation starts. Is the story about the poor going rogue? No. But it shows how we people do not realize one thing – for a better outcome, collaboration is required. And when we don’t work together but instead try to overpower each other, the result will be the exact the same – good or bad, wealthy or poor, we all become as corrupt as everyone else.

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI — Review by Lauren Veneziani

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is going to be a major consideration during awards season. Critics Choice, Golden Globes, Oscars. Frances McDormand, the leading actress is probably going to win the Best Actress Oscar. The story is about a women, played by Frances McDormand, whose daughter has been brutally murdered. It has been seven months, but police have not done much to solve the crime.

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