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Film Review: The Kindergarten Teacher
Flawed but original film centering on a kindergarten teacher and her off-the-rails relationship with a five-year-old poet-prodigy.
Film Review: Beautiful Boy
Finely acted father-son drama about drug addiction and its impact on a family fails to transcend its disease-of-the-week subject
Film Review: The Children Act
An impressively acted but uncompelling film about a family court judge in the U.K. who grapples with her faltering marriage and the impact of her legal decisions on a young boy—and ultimately herself.
Film Review: Operation Finale
Retribution thriller recounting the capture of Holocaust mastermind Adolph Eichmann has its moments but fails to deliver new insights.
Film Review: The Bookshop
A delicately conceived and beautifully acted tragicomedy about a widow in an insular post-war British community who is determined to open a bookstore in a place overflowing with detractors.
Film Review: The Wife
Wonderful film about an award-winning writer and his sacrificing wife who share a dark secret, with great performances by stars Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.
Film Review: Skate Kitchen
A fictionalized account of real-life female skateboarders that could have worked as a documentary but misses the mark in this oddball genre hybrid.
Film Review: Madeline's Madeline
An unremittingly pretentious film about a psychologically troubled young girl, her wackadoodle acting coach and their immersive, improvised exercises where the lines between reality and fantasy blend.
Film Review: Gavagai
Original and delicate film about love and grief told within the framework of a road trip featuring two strangers traveling through a stunning yet bleak Norwegian setting.
Film Review: Shock and Awe
Rob Reiner’s flat-footed, exposition-laden film portrays the journalistic team at Knight Ridder that refused to buy into President Bush’s Iraq war and got it right when the big media guns did not.
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