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phoBos42

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Member Since: Jan 26, 2016

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92 T9 Separate Lies (2005) - Oct 17, 2016
"Separate Lies (British – 2005) It was 1:30 AM CDT and I could not sleep. So I did the worst possible thing, according to sleep experts and turned on the TV. After a brief search of on demand fare, I noticed the British film starring two actors whom I greatly admire: Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson. My interest was also tweaked by the fact that this was Julian Fellowes directorial debut. He is a much lauded writer and actor, known best for Downton Abbey, Gosford Park and From Time to Time. James"
89 T7 Matinee (1993) - Oct 15, 2016
"“Matinee” (1993) I recently happened upon this likable comedy directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace, The Howling) and set in 1961 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The young protagonist Gene, a recent resident of Key West, FL, finds himself in a small community with no friends, unhappy and forlorn. When word gets out that his Navy dad is on a ship blockading Cuba, he becomes something of a high school celebrity, who gains acceptance by a small circle of friends. Eventually he hooks up w"
92 T9 Sully (2016) - Oct 09, 2016
"Sully (2016) An excellent bio-pic of the events of Nov. 14, 2014, “Sully” employs the back-story of the hearings by the FAA and the NTSB with both real-life footage and re-enactments of those same events. Director Clint Eastwood weaves an interesting story where one stays focused and involved. Very fine acting by Tom Hanks (Capt. Chesely “Sully” Sullenberger), Aaron Eckhart (as first officer Jeff Skiles), Laura Linney (Lorrie Sullenberger, the pilot’s wife) and a good supporting cast h"
92 T9 Brooklyn (2015) - Sep 29, 2016
"“Brooklyn” (2015) Beautifully shot in Ireland, Canada and NYC, Brooklyn tells the tale of a quiet, young Irish woman, Ellis, who emigrates to NYC in search of a job and a new life, as sponsored by a kindly priest (Jim Broadbent). Living quarters are arranged for; an all-female boarding house, run by the motherly and helpful Mrs. Kehoe, effectively played by Julie Walters. A job is found for her as a sales clerk in an upscale department store, supervised by the stern Miss Fortini (Jessica Par"
94 T9 The Danish Girl (2015) - Sep 29, 2016
"“The Danish Girl” (2015) Tom Hooper’s period piece is based on a novel by David Ebershof and adapted by Lucinda Coxon’s screenplay. Set in Copenhagen in 1926, this complex love story starts as married couple Elnar, a landscape artist and wife Gerda, a struggling portrait painter, attempt to get their careers going, hoping for acclaim and recognition. Elnar (Eddie Redmayne), first finds moderate success, as Gerda is met with disappointment after disappointment. However, after Gerda paints"
81 T4 Joy (2015) - Sep 29, 2016
"“Joy” (2015) Written and directed by David O. Russell, who gave us critical and box office hits “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook”, he falls short of those successes with “Joy”, a bio-pic starring Jennifer Lawrence as the title character. “Joy” follows the trials and tribulations of a young, single, under-achieving mother, who has dreams of making it big with a household cleaning invention. Her efforts are stymied by an incredibly dysfunctional family, including"
88 T7 I Origins (2014) - Sep 29, 2016
"“I Origins” Director Mike Cahill takes us into the realm of a scientist, Ian (Michael Pitt), who is researching the optical DNA and genetics of humans and all sorts of other creatures in an effort to synthesize eyes for organisms who have none. Or, eventually, to give otherwise unsighted humans their own eyes. Based on the proven truth that no two humans have exactly the same retinas, Ian continues his research. A breakthrough is actually achieved by his brilliant lab assistant, Karen (Britt"
84 T5 The Lady in the Van (2015) - Sep 29, 2016
"“The Lady in the Van” Writer Alan Bennet (who also starred in) tells the true story of Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman, who wandered London in her run-down van for years. She eventually cons Alan Jennings (Bennett) into allowing her to park the van in his driveway “temporarily”, to avoid disagreements with local residents and the constable. She ends up staying for fifteen years and develops a strained relationship with him. In this veddy, veddy British comedy-drama, Miss "
90 T8 Youth (2015) - Sep 29, 2016
"“Youth” 2015 Best known for 2013’s “The Great Beauty”, which garnered the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2014, Paolo Sorrentino weaves an uneven, strange, almost avant-garde tale of two friends, who are supporting each other in their waning days. On holiday at an exclusive Alpine spa, Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) is holed up with a team of young screenwriters trying to complete a film script. The flick has been written for Mick’s long-time star, Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda), a tempe"
69 T2 Demolition (2016) - Sep 29, 2016
"Demolition (2015) An odd little film from Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers’ Club, Wild) and screenwriter Bryan Sipe, Destruction does not deliver the intensity of Vallée’s aforementioned works. Shot like a semi-documentary, Demolition follows the destructive psyche of the protagonist, Davis, as he recovers from the death of his wife from a car accident, from which he emerged unscathed. Davis is an investment banker who works for his father-in-law, Phil (played by (Chis Cooper) and"