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Paulette –  Bad Grandma

Paulette – Bad Grandma

The plot of Paulette is not new. The story of a senior citizen choosing drug dealing as a means to supplement their social security was the plot of the 2000 movie "Saving Grace" which starred Brenda Blethyn.

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L’Chaim:  To Life! & SlingShot:  Blame Your Parents

L’Chaim: To Life! & SlingShot: Blame Your Parents

  Contemporary psychology encourages us not to blame our parents for how we live our lives.  While I agree with this as an aspiration, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There is wonderful scene in Jennifer Westfeldt’s (Jon Hamm’s girlfriend) movie Ira & Abby  where a couple trying to work out their issues have a meeting with their therapists -and their parents and their parents’ therapists. When the aforementioned ...

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Cupcakes (Bananot) – Sweeter than Apples and Honey!

Cupcakes (Bananot) – Sweeter than Apples and Honey!

  This is a movie that can be toasted with L’Chaim! Cupcakes is a welcome reprieve from Israeli movies about the Holocaust and terrorism.  It is a fabulous sugar rush of saturated colors, a celebration of life, and it asks us to reconsider what it really means to win. Anat (Anat Waxman- all the principals share their first names with their characters) has neglected her husband by spending too ...

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God’s Slave (Esclavo de Dios) –  Not God’s Servant

God’s Slave (Esclavo de Dios) – Not God’s Servant

    This is the kind of movie, along with Human Capital (Il capitale umano) and Cupcakes for which film festivals are made. I always encourage festival goers to see movies like these, great non-American movies that they will not have the chance to see elsewhere rather than the Oscar-bait movies that while worthwhile, will be widely released not long after the festival ends. God’s Slave is inspired by a ...

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The Congress – More like The Mess

The Congress – More like The Mess

  I did give this live-action/animated movie a chance for the festival’s sake, but my instincts proved correct when it devolved into a nonsense cartoon. Animation, mon œil!   The Congress has an interesting premise:  that in the future, movie studios will own the essences of onscreen talent, an advancement that dispenses with temperamental divas and the horror of their aging. Robin Wright plays herself -her actress self.  In ...

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Ignorance Is The Path To Glory or (“Forrest Gump” Won Six Oscars)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Ignorance Is The Path To Glory or (“Forrest Gump” Won Six Oscars)

   Warning !  Birdman is not a movie about a superhero, (despite the fact that there really is a Birdman superhero). Its ethos is decidedly un-American. Comic Con geeks expecting a live action cartoon will be disappointed, if not discombobulated, by the paucity of computer generated special effects and the exigent engagement of thinking skills. This is not a movie for middle-aged adolescents. Director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu sees ...

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My Old Lady – Nique Ta Mère, I Don’t Care

My Old Lady – Nique Ta Mère, I Don’t Care

In the first scenes of My Old Lady, we see Kevin Kline strolling the streets of one of the chicest areas of Paris, Le Marais (literally “The Swamp” which it once was). His character, Jim, né Mathias, Gold, has come to claim his inheritance, an unusually large apartment in one of Paris’ most expensive neighborhoods, formidable in both the English and French definitions. We see him pass by the croisement ...

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The Last Of Robin Hood – Shoulda Been In Like Flynn

The Last Of Robin Hood – Shoulda Been In Like Flynn

  The story of The Last Of Robin Hood is fascinating, but the movie fails to fascinate.  This movie is a lot like its star character Errol Flynn himself:  so much to work with, such a waste of fine resources. Errol Flynn was a movie star with a classy image but led the private life of R Kelly.  The often misquoted expression “In like Flynn” refers to his acquittal ...

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