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The Father

Of all the recent plays adapted into feature films, “The Father” stands tall as the most impressive. Equally impressive is the directorial debut of Florian Zeller, who unlike other first-time directors this season, displays natural cinematic gifts. “The Father” is a literal mind-bending mystery about a man suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s, or is he? In a […]

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Sound of Metal

This is a story written by writer/director Darius Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines), and has all the emotional pull of his previous films.  Sound of Metal is co-written and directed by Darius Marder—his frequent collaborator.  Their films invariably have such substance it’s always a special treat to see them—not a treat in the sense

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

The opening scene, skateboarding through the dilapidated outskirts of San Francisco, is one of the most beautiful cinematic sequences of 2019. It’s the kind of defining imagery that will be used in end-of-the-year montages. It’s also a prelude to the visual wonders first-time feature filmmaker Joe Talbot has in store for the next two hours.

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The Hero

Not to diminish Sam Elliott’s performance in his new film The Hero, but writer/director Brett Haley creates a vehicle for the iconic actor that’s strikingly comparable with Crazy Heart. Haley cast Elliott in 2015’s I’ll See You in My Dreams, playing against type. That film, Haley’s best accomplishment to date, created a bond between the

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