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  • Signs of the times - 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'
    Signs of the times - 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

    Stories of loss are difficult to tell. Finding ways to convey the notion of grief without succumbing to sentimentality or devolving into the maudlin – particularly on-screen – can prove trying to even the most accomplished filmmaker.

  • ‘Just Getting Started’ gets old fast
    ‘Just Getting Started’ gets old fast

    Recent years have seen a proliferation of cinematic subgenres that consist of “old person does X.” Sometimes it works – old guy action movies have become a personal favorite. Sometimes, however, it doesn’t – see the spate of old person comedies awash in hijinks and/or shenanigans. Those are occasionally OK, but for the most part, they tend to be dull, derivative or both, failing to do anything beyond lean on their thin premises and jab you in the ribs while suggestively waggling their eyebrows. 

  • A carol once removed - 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'
    A carol once removed - 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

    One of the most beloved holiday tales of all time is “A Christmas Carol.” The Charles Dickens classic has seen innumerable iterations on screen and stage alike – the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey from miserable miser to generous gentleman is a constant at this time of year.

  • Learning to fly – ‘Lady Bird’
    Learning to fly – ‘Lady Bird’

    We’re going to go ahead and dispense with the formalities on this one. No need to bury the lede – “Lady Bird” is an absolutely exceptional film, one of the funniest, most honest, most genuine coming of age stories we’ve seen on the big screen in years.

  • Pixar’s ‘Coco’ brimming with life
    Pixar’s ‘Coco’ brimming with life

    Exceptional animated offering is beautiful and touching

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