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Film Review: The Fencer
A feel-good, well-acted, visually evocative foreign-language biopic about a master fencing teacher in Soviet-controlled 1950s Estonia who changed the lives of his students.
Film Review: Dean
Nice performances by Kevin Kline and Mary Steenburgen in an otherwise uninspired movie that explores a father and son’s disparate expressions of grief when wife/mom dies.
Film Review: Letters from Baghdad
A fascinating documentary about Gertrude Bell, frequently dubbed “the female Lawrence of Arabia,” that could have been even better with more exposition and historical context.
Film Review: Wakefield
Riveting character study of a disintegrating upper-crust suburban husband-father secretly hiding out for months in his carriage-house garage attic and feeling omnipotent as he invisibly observes his family.
Film Review: The Wedding Plan
Unfunny, cloying and implausible romantic comedy about a woman in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community, her desperate need to get married and her unquestioned faith that God will deliver.
Film Review: The Lovers
An original and subtle comedy of remarriage, with top-notch performances by Debra Winger and Tracy Letts.
Film Review: 3 Generations
A “new normal” family grapples with a gender-transitioning teenager. Not dull, but not really credible either.
Film Review: Unforgettable
An unintentionally hilarious thriller about a demented woman seeking revenge on her ex-hubby and his new love.
Film Review: The Ticket
Visually striking film about blindness and sight that lacks focus and purpose.
Film Review: Carrie Pilby
Trite and cutesy coming-of-age tale about a super-intelligent young woman who learns a life lesson through taking chances. Purgatory.
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