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Lion (2016)

Lion is middlebrow mediocrity served up by the Weinsteins on a silver platter for awards season. Directed by Garth Davis, a former maker of commercials, Lion begins by asking us to watch nearly an hour of the misery, hardship, and hopelessness of a sweetly adorable young boy (Sunny Pawar); it all has a "isn't this heartbreaking?" tone. Finally, the boy grows into Dev Patel, with a beard and long, flowing hair that cascades over his forehead in moments of emotional distress. Then we spend roughly another 40 minutes as he anguishes over his real parents, and how to find them. These scenes mostly consist of Dev clicking around on Google Earth, pushing pins into a map, and occasionally weeping. Then we get the reunion scene, which — highlighted by Davis's obsessive need to jump-cut every second-and-a-half — does not have the power it should. Nicole Kidman is getting Oscar buzz as the adoptive mom who has the courage to appear un-beautiful onscreen. Rooney Mara co-stars as the hero's girlfriend whose entire state of existence depends on whatever mood he's in. It was adapted from an autobiography, and there are photos at the end to reassure us that this was, indeed, based on a true story. I doubt the true story is as trite as this movie. read more...
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Lion (2016)

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  • With: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, Nicole Kidman, Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sunny Pawar
  • Written by: Luke Davies, based on a book by Saroo Brierley
  • Directed by: Garth Davis
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material and some sensuality
  • Language: In English, Bengali, Hindi, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 118 minutes
  • Release Date: 11/24/2016
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The Glass Castle (2017)

Based on Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir, this drama could have been edgier, but it settles on a certain genre type, cozily presenting itself as a four-hankie weepie graced with fine performances. read more...
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The Glass Castle (2017)

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  • With: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Chandler Head, Max Greenfield, Josh Caras, Charlie Shotwell, Iain Armitage, Sarah Snook, Sadie Sink, Olivia Kate Rice, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Shree Crooks, Eden Grace Redfield
  • Written by: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham, based on the book by Jeannette Walls
  • Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/10/2017
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All About My Mother (1999)

While many filmmakers today are content to copy Hitchcock (see The Talented Mr. Ripley for the latest example), Spain's Pedro Almodovar is the heir apparent to Douglas Sirk. And with All About My Mother, he has made the near equivalent to Sirk's Written on the Wind (1956), a weepie movie with a brainy sensibility, an open heart, and a wicked sense of humor. read more...
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    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved

All About My Mother (1999)

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  • With: Cecilia Roth, Penelope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan
  • Written by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • MPAA Rating: R for sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language and some drug content
  • Language: Spanish with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/07/1999
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Jenny's Wedding (2015)

Incredibly earnest in its intentions, this lesson in tolerance suffers from astoundingly bad filmmaking, unlikeable characters, and misguided attempts at metaphor. read more...
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Jenny's Wedding (2015)

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  • With: Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer, Sam McMurray, Diana Hardcastle, Matthew Metzger, Houston Rhines, Cathleen O'Malley
  • Written by: Mary Agnes Donoghue
  • Directed by: Mary Agnes Donoghue
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including a crude sexual reference
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/30/2015
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A Dog's Purpose (2017)

The new family-friendly movie A Dog's Purpose is a sweet, tail-wagging treat that, while not exactly dazzlingly original, earns its share of laughter and happy tears. read more...
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A Dog's Purpose (2017)

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  • With: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, K.J. Apa, Bryce Gheisar, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Gabrielle Rose, Michael Bofshever, Britt Robertson, Logan Miller, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Pooch Hall, John Ortiz, Nicole LaPlaca, Primo Allon, Peter Kelamis, Caroline Cave, Jane McGregor
  • Written by: W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, Wally Wolodarsky, based on a novel by W. Bruce Cameron
  • Directed by: Lasse Hallström
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some peril
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/26/2017
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