Mary Poppins Returns
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Though similar in plot to the 2006 indie Sherrybaby, this Brooklyn-set drama owes more in tone and style to the searing character studies of John Cassavetes.
Every minute of this film is absolutely mesmerizing.
Superbly acted and confidently shot, "Who We Are Now" delivers substantial dramatic pleasures while posing pertinent questions.
Once again, [Newton] refuses to pretend that lives in disarray can be magically repaired by good intentions, while simultaneously avoiding the defeatist attitude that insists there's consequently no point in even trying.
While Nicholson's onscreen, it's impossible to pay heed to anything but her. She scorches the film with her barely bottled ferocity and vulnerability.
Who We Are Now just ticks too many cliched boxes, particularly in the dialogue department.
"Who We Are Now" remains electric as the director once again brings the abstract into laser-like focus and creates a dramatically satisfying narrative out of issues involving class, family and gender without ever reducing their complexity.
There is nothing fanciful or odd in Newton's story. The self-acceptance and courage of the two main characters make them admirable women.
The power of Newton's film comes from the way he digs into Beth's vulnerability, depicting her inability to help herself.
Julianne Nicholson is so compelling as an ex-convict juggling her need for a job that pays enough for her to reclaim her small son that we in the audience can see her nomination possibilities as the awards season approaches.
Warm, wise and thoroughly engrossing. Julianne Nicholson gives a mesmerizing, powerful performance. If there were any justice, she would be nominated for Best Actress this awards season.
Sometimes feels unfocused, and perhaps too ambitious, yet amid the slightly manipulative structure are some intriguing character dynamics and moments of powerful authenticity.
What's interesting is how Newton both undermines naive sentimentality about the world while simultaneously not indulging in cynicism which gives the movie a kind of hopeful realism. Julianne Nicholson should get more leading roles, this is one hell of a performance.
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