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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

In a year filled with writer biopics, The Man Who Invented Christmas takes a refreshingly simple, lighthearted approach and comes out as something lively that could easily be enjoyed annually at holiday time. This is not surprising, given that director Bharat Nalluri also made the equally delightful and old-fashioned Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008). Dan Stevens has ranged from serviceable to bad in many films this year, but here he practically tingles with energy as Charles Dickens. His last three books (Barnaby Rudge, American Notes, and Martin Chuzzlewit) have flopped, his debts are increasing, and he's stuck for what to do next. As if by divine province, he meets several folks, including a lone miser (Christopher Plummer) in a graveyard, and gets the bare-bones idea for what would become A Christmas Carol (published in 1843). As he feverishly works, his deadbeat father (Jonathan Pryce) comes to stay and interrupts him, a helpful housemaid (Anna Murphy) gives him some pulp literature, and imaginary versions of the characters hang around his study, alternately helping and bickering. The movie isn't the slightest bit concerned with being "based on a true story." It keeps up a whirl of color and cheerful spirit and ends with a brief but believable argument full of good cheer and goodwill toward men. read more...
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    The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

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    • With: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Edwards, Morfydd Clark, Donald Sumpter, Miles Jupp, Simon Callow, Miriam Margolyes, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson, Anna Murphy
    • Written by: Susan Coyne, based on a book by Les Standiford
    • Directed by: Bharat Nalluri
    • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some mild language
    • Running Time: 104 minutes
    • Release Date: 11/21/2017
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    Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

    Meryl Streep stars in this based-on-a-true-story drama, with a fairly tough job to do. As the title character, she has to sound like someone who has opera training, but is still unable to sing a lick; she has to make big sounds and have them come out comically wrong. She, of course, nails it, but the real heavy lifting in this movie is done by Hugh Grant as her husband St. Clair, and Simon Helberg as Cosmé McMoon, the nervously smiling pianist she has hired to accompany her. Florence Foster Jenkins takes place in the 1940s, and the joke is that, because the world is at war, people need whatever laughs they can get and Florence's records and concerts become very popular as comedy, even though Florence herself is unaware of this. Writer Nicholas Martin and director Stephen Frears bring a certain amount of class to the story; it doesn't resort to lazy or stupid slapstick or farce, and the weight of the relationships with the male characters come through, even if Florence's own single-minded delusion makes her the least interesting of the trio. (She eats lots of potato salad, carries a mysterious briefcase, etc.) It received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design, and Streep received her 20th nomination for acting, although she could just as easily have been nominated for her Golden Globes speech a few weeks earlier. read more...
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      Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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      • With: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda, Stanley Townsend, Allan Corduner, Christian McKay, David Haig, John Sessions
      • Written by: Nicholas Martin
      • Directed by: Stephen Frears
      • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief suggestive material
      • Running Time: 111 minutes
      • Release Date: 08/11/2016
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      Little Voice (1998)

      Back in 1979, when Diana Ross played Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, there was much speculation as to whether or not Ross actually sounded like Holiday. The consensus was that it was Ross interpreting Holiday's songs so that, in the end, it was okay. It's too bad that Jane Horrocks wasn't around then. read more...
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      Little Voice (1998)

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      • With: Brenda Blethyn, Jane Horrocks, Ewan McGregor, Philip Jackson, Annette Badland, Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent
      • Written by: Mark Herman, based on a play by Jim Cartwright
      • Directed by: Mark Herman
      • MPAA Rating: R for language and brief nudity
      • Running Time: 96 minutes
      • Release Date: 09/17/1998
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      The House of Tomorrow (2018)

      As a coming-of-age story, this is a little too cute and neat, especially given that it's about shabby, edgy punk rock, but its flawless casting and chemistry lend it a goodwill that's hard to resist. read more...
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      The House of Tomorrow (2018)

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      • With: Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Maude Apatow, Michaela Watkins
      • Written by: Peter Livolsi, based on a novel by Peter Bognanni
      • Directed by: Peter Livolsi
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Running Time: 85 minutes
      • Release Date: 04/25/2018
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      Welcome to Happiness (2016)

      In certain spots, it's hard to hate Oliver Thompson's debut feature. It's a truly heartfelt effort. However, it's not very good; it's an arhythmic mess of ideas and scenes, sabotaged by a bad ending. The movie has an overwhelmingly positive attitude, and it can make us feel good about how "everything happens for a reason." But it's also the kind of positive attitude that can quickly grow annoying, like an over-eager puppy. read more...
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        • Optimistic ▶ Yes please
        • Rules ▶ Escapable or can be transformed
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      Welcome to Happiness (2016)

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      • With: Kyle Gallner, Olivia Thirlby, Brendan Sexton III, Josh Brener, Molly C. Quinn, Paget Brewster, Frances Conroy, Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key, Robert Pike Daniel, Bess Rous, A.J. Trauth
      • Written by: Oliver Thompson
      • Directed by: Oliver Thompson
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Running Time: 0 minutes
      • Release Date: 05/19/2016
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