Daily Archives: December 17, 2016

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The Black Hole

After the release of “Star Wars” and its monumental, game changing success, seemingly every major film studio cranked out a competitor. While the low-budget “Star Wars” knockoffs are a long list of mostly forgotten duds, the expensive, ambitious examples are noteworthy for all arriving in the same year. In 1979, United Artists sent James Bond…

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Nocturnal Animals

“Nocturnal Animals,” director Tom Ford’s second film, begins with the filmmaker playfully tickling the audience and pushing their buttons. By the time the names of the actors and production team have finished appearing and the introductory moments have faded, the audience may feel they’re in for a big goof. Actually, what develops isn’t a comedy…

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Manchester by the Sea

The early scenes of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” require your attention and patience, as Lonergan gives no hint of the stunning reveal coming around the corner. We meet Lee Chandler (played by Casey Affleck), he’s making a consistent living cleaning toilets and working as a maintenance man. Lee is alone and determined to…

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Miss Sloane

The opening shot of “Miss Sloane” is an extreme close-up of its star, Jessica Chastain. Playing the title role, Chastain explains to the camera the definition of what a Lobbyist is and how far her character is willing to go to succeed at her profession. We quickly learn that Chastain’s Elizabeth Sloane is about to…

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