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American Made

September 30, 2017

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American Made – First off, I liked it even if it wasn’t as action-packed as I was expecting. Based on true events, Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) is a TWA pilot doing a teeny bit of drug smuggling when he’s recruited by the CIA to do more. Then he gets involved with Noriega (this is back […]

Maudie

August 18, 2017

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Maudie – Crippled, arthritic Maud (Sally Hawkins) has been more or less discarded by her brother (Zachary Bennett) and reluctantly taken in by her aunt (Gabrielle Rose). Wanting to have a life of her own, she applies for a job as housekeeper for fish peddler Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). Things do not start off well […]

A Quiet Passion

May 13, 2017

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A Quiet Passion – Threats of hell and damnation can’t keep the young Emily Dickinson (Cynthia Nixon) at the convent. Back home, she lives with her domineering father (Keith Carradine) and depressed mother (Joanna Bacon). There’s a veneer of sweetness and light, flowers and parasols, then out comes a screaming match. Emily and siblings (Jennifer […]

Rules Don’t Apply

November 25, 2016

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Rules Don’t Apply – In 1964 Hollywood, Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) apparently kept starlets by the dozens on his payroll, and apparently bedded a number of them. He had a lot of rules for them and his other employees. This is the story of his later years which shows how brilliant he was and also […]

Hands of Stone

September 3, 2016

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Hands of Stone – Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez) is the only boxer to win against Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher). He grew up on the streets of Panama, stealing food and blessed with a natural talent for boxing. He’s distrustful and defensive due to his lack of education. Maker of champions Ray Arcel (Robert DeNiro) agrees […]

Free State of Jones

June 26, 2016

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Free State of Jones – Gruesomely graphic beginning with blood and guts all over the place so you have no doubt this is about war; the Civil War that Newt Knight (Matthew McConaughey) calls a rich man’s war where the fighting is for cotton. Apparently if you owned 20 or more slaves, you didn’t have […]

The Man Who Knew Infinity

May 14, 2016

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The Man Who Knew Infinity – Brilliant but poor mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is brought to Cambridge with the help of Professor Hardy (Jeremy Irons). Hardy pushes Ramanujan to present proof of his theories and formulas rather than just knowing and feeling them intuitively. They form a deep friendship. Hardy is an atheist. Ramanujan […]