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Highlights at the Movies 2019

Let’s take a look at the Hollywood movies that are going to draw crowds (or simply attention for one reason or other) in the U.S. throughout 2019. As always, premieres are more than likely to change.  January Glass: M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to both Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). Serenity: Steamy thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and … Continue reading Highlights at the Movies 2019

Lady Bird

TIME TO FLY.  In 2002, a student (Saoirse Ronan) at a Catholic high school in Sacramento struggles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), college prospects, new friends and a boy she likes. For her solo directing debut (after co-directing Nights and Weekends (2008)), Greta Gerwig was inspired by her own life. Ronan is outstanding as the … Continue reading Lady Bird

Brooklyn

TWO COUNTRIES, TWO LOVES, ONE HEART. In 1952, Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) leaves Ireland for New York City and settles in at a boardinghouse in Brooklyn, where she also finds a job… and a potential Italian boyfriend (Emory Cohen). A heartfelt look at the Irish-American immigrant experience through the eyes of a young woman who … Continue reading Brooklyn

Muppets Most Wanted

TAKING THE WORLD BY FARCE. This sequel to the 2011 reboot begins immediately after its last scene, with a big number called “We’re Doing a Sequel”, followed by the introduction of a villainous agent (Ricky Gervais) who sets up a European tour for the Muppets. It turns out to be a scheme where a criminal … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted

Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

In February 1942, the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig and his wife were found dead in Brazil after committing suicide. In his native Austria, World War I had turned Zweig into a pacifist; when Hitler rose to power in Germany, the author fled to America and stayed in New York City for a while before moving … Continue reading Grand Budapest Hotel: Fighting a European Sickness

The Lovely Bones

THE STORY OF A LIFE AND EVERYTHING THAT CAME AFTER… In 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is murdered by a neighbor (Stanley Tucci); from a place resembling heaven she watches her family cope with the loss… and the killer ponder new victims. Director Peter Jackson’s take on the deeply touching Alice Sebold novel has a … Continue reading The Lovely Bones

Atonement: The Sins of Childhood

YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE TRUTH. Walking into the press screening of director Joe Wright’s latest effort, and not having read Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel, I had no idea what to expect. I thought the film might be something along the lines of his last movie, Pride & Prejudice (2005), which also starred Keira Knightley. As I … Continue reading Atonement: The Sins of Childhood