THE PAINTED BIRD – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The Painted Bird transmits the distinct and unrelentingly dangerous sense that something wisely restrained has emphatically been let off the chain. It’s a difficult film; upsetting, cruel, vicious and absolutely harrowing. But it is also probably a masterpiece, and a vital reminder of the fundamental dignities upon which the entire concept of human rights exists.

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RESISTANCE – Review by Carol Cling

Resistance recounts an undeniably fascinating, fact-based WWII story involving, among others, a young man who would become world famous — and another who became forever infamous. It’s a tale well worth telling — and remembering. Sometimes because of, and sometimes despite, the way it’s told.

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MIDWAY – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Best known for his bombastic blockbusters “Independence Day,” “Stargate” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” the German filmmaker maximizes his considerable skills at building exciting action sequences – putting audiences in the cockpit of dive-bombing fighter jets, inside the cramped confines of a submarine surrounded by depth charges and on the blazing decks of a bombed-out aircraft career – while struggling to craft a cohesive narrative, fully realized characters and authentic dialogue.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 23, 2018: MEMOIR OF WAR

Memoir of War is French writer.director Emmanuel Finkiel’s adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novella La douleur. An essential work in the literature of war, La douleur reveals Duras personal anguish as she survived in Nazi-occupied Paris, waiting for the return of her husband who’d been arrested by the Gestapo.

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