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La La Land
La La Land (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Bright! Bold! Stupendous! Phenomenal! Spectacular! Superb!
This film reminds me of the musicals of days gone by. It is visually stunning, and full of colors of every hue imaginable. It pulls you in immediately before the title even gets to the screen. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat (literally) several times. I almost had to remind myself to breathe! This is indeed a musical ride of joy, filled with songs, a love story and L.A. as it's backdrop. Run - don't walk to see this film. I suspect, that like me, if you're a film aficionado you will see this delight more than once.

Manchester by the Sea
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Manchester By The Sea" (12/2016) 5 of 5 stars
Thank God for Dec. Oscar consideration releases! No idea what this film was about at all. Saw it based strictly on the "buzz". My goodness! Serious subject, but quite, quite real. Portrays the love of family that cuts deep regadless of circumstance. Family's often try and do the right thing for each other.

Casey Alleck's performance is stellar. Michelle Williams most assuredly will get a supporting actress nomination. Lucas Hedges (as the spirited 16 year old) is also wonderful.

This film is a bit dark. It takes place in the Boston area, and not necessarily during any sunny periods (not snow but dark). But it all fits together like cards in a proverbial deck.

PREMISE:
An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

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Nocturnal Animals
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Nocturnal Animals" (12/2016)
3.5 of 5 stars
What a suspenseful film! The way it's told as a story of a story is enticing. As the film unfolds, I found myself on the edge of my seat to see where it was headed. Would he? Wouldn't he? Jake Gyllenhaal's performance is amazing, as is Amy Adams. As Bette once said "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night." Indeed!

PREMISE:
An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.
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Jackie
Jackie (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Jackie" (12/2016) 5 of 5 stars
I saw this movie only based on the preview I saw of it & the subject matter. Natalie Portman's performance is nothing short of stellar. She IS Jackie! The friend saw this with me didn't realize that it was Portman until about 10-12 minutes into the film! She undoubtedly will be nominated for awards, and I suspect that she will win some as well.

I've not idea if this is based on truth, a book, an article or is a fictional representation of something that was actually done. I don't care: IT IS THE KENNEDY'S for God's sake!


Stars. 5 out of 5
SYNOPSIS:
JACKIE is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.
TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjClaFDhSCs


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Lion
Lion (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

"Lion" (12/2016)
stars. 4 out of 5
I knew little of this film except:
1. Nicole Kidman is in it, I'll see anything she does.
2. It was getting rave reviews
3. The commercials on TV peaked my curiousity.

What a film! Heartwarming, charming, lovely, sad, joyful. It uses limited language to convey its message. I'm not saying there is no speech, of course there is. But this film uses images, imagination & music more than words.


Brilliant! Loved it. Can be a bit slow moving, trust me just commit to it and stay the course!.


SYNOPSIS:
Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of Kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
TRAILER:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RNI9o06vqo


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