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REVIEW: ‘Room’ (★★★★)

  A story of mother-child devotion, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, based on Emma Donoghue’s book, is a stunning exploration of commitment, love, and survival. Ma and her son Jack live in a 10-by-10 room, held there by a captor, nicknamed ‘Old Nick,’ who kidnapped Ma seven years prior. Ma tells Jack stories, creating a world of only the ‘room.’ They have ...

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REVIEW: ‘Miles Ahead’ (★★★)

  “Get the fuck off me, Hitler” Don Cheadle’s gaudy, prismatic passion-project biopic Miles Ahead just had its world premiere. It was the closing night film of the New York Film Festival and it is very much an anti-thesis to Marc Abraham’s recent I Saw the Light. The contrast is dramatic. Where I Saw the Light is dull, Miles Ahead ...

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MVFF38: ‘Carol’ starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara

  Set in an era when glances an small gestures speak volumes, Todd Haynes’s Carol is a luscious and profound piece on relationships, sexuality and repression. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt,” the film details the meeting, flirtation and romance between two very different women; Carol is a wealthy New York City suburbanite in a rocky ...

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MVFF38 Review: ’45 Years’

  Is there anything more insidious than a secret? Kate and Geoff Mercer (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) lead a quiet and charmingly simple life in the country. She walks the dog daily, chatting with townsfolk, he listens to the radio and promises to fix that bloody toilet once and for all. It’s the kind of life we all strive ...

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MVFF38 Review: ‘Spotlight’

  Telling the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe reporters whose 2001 investigation broke through the systemic cover-up of Catholic priests sexually abusing kids and being shuttled around to different parishes for protection is not an easy gamble. Ultra-sensitive material and a tendency for stories like this to glamorize the job over the story happen all the time. Not ...

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MVFF38 Preview: ‘Brooklyn’

  The story of young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (played by Saiorse Ronan) coming to America in the 1950s, Brooklyn is so carefully crafted and old fashioned that subverts any real drama in favor of a beautiful presentation. Remember that bowl of candy at your grandma’s house? You know the one; it looks delicious but then you go to pick ...

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MVFF38 Preview: ‘I SMILE BACK,’ starring Sarah Silverman

  Comedian Sarah Silverman is a complete revelation in her first leading dramatic film role as an upper class soccer mom with daddy issues and a serious drug problem in I Smile Back. That might sound like I’m diminishing the returns of her performance but only because she rises so far above material that isn’t terribly original. The thing that ...

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MVFF38 Preview: ‘TRUTH,’ starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

  Based on the book “Truth and Duty: The Press, The President and the Power of Privilege” by Pulitzer and Emmy winning television producer Mary Mapes and detailing the explosive story of then President George W. Bush’s questionable history with the National Guard during the Vietnam War, Truth is a riveting piece of cinema with a powerhouse performance by two-time ...

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REVIEW: Foreign Language Film Oscar Winners 1947-1951

As the deadline for 2015 entries for the Foreign Language Film Oscar approaches (October 1st), AwardsWatch contributor Jeff Beachnau (Worst Picture/Best Picture Series) delves into the history of the Foreign Language Film Oscar with reviews of every film. Here is the first in the series. In 1947 the Academy Awards began awarding special Oscars to Foreign Films, and by 1956 ...

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