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Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

'Suffragette' disturbs -- as well it should

Anyone who saw the British television series "Shoulder to Shoulder" 40 years ago or who has studied British women's history, especially the chapter on the struggle for the vote, will not be surprised by the history detailed in Suffragette. Disturbed, yes, but not surprised. Infuriated, indeed, but not surprised.

Published in Film Reviews

Can't go wrong with Diablo Cody writing the script, Jonathan Demme directing, and Meryl Streep starring. "Ricki and the Flash" is awfully good as it attacks meritorious points about marriage and motherhood and music, including that Mick Jagger's seven children by four wives look up to him, whereas Ricki's children hate her.

Published in Film Reviews
Thursday, 25 December 2014 01:00

"Into the Woods" supersedes Broadway version

What would happen if you took fairy tales and jostled them together as if they were the stories of a community? Each neighbor would have a tale, but each tale would segue or impinge or depend on the lives of others in the village. The result would be a melange of magic and mayhem.

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A revisionist addition to the western genre, "The Homesman" is a curious film. Its title suggests an emphasis on the cantankerous George Briggs though its focus more often falls on women of the plains, notably Mary Bee Cuddy who saves Briggs' from certain death if he'll agree to travel east, from Nebraska to Iowa, delivering three women driven insane.

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The best news about the film adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-Prize-winning drama, "August: Osage County," occurs very early. The opening monologue has been trimmed to a mere sliver. Indeed, 40 minutes have been sliced out of the play; the cuts are hardly detectable -- and that's good.

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