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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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