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Review: Dough

— by RON WILKINSON —

Golden Globe-nominated Jonathan Pryce takes the lead in “Dough,” an easygoing sit-com about immigrant life in the big city.

Nat Dayan (Pryce) owns and operates the kosher bakery Dayan and Son, which he started with his father in 1947 in London’s East End. Against all odds, he keeps the tiny bakery open, competing against the Cotton supermarket next door. He arises at 4 a.m. every morning and goes through his traditional washing ritual as he has for some 60 years. Every day, he denies the obvious — his bakery is from another time and serves long-lost customers.

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Review: High-Rise

— by RON WILKINSON — Tom Hiddleston finds himself in the middle of a very bad year in “High-Rise,” Ben Wheatley’s pot boiler about a social crucible in melt down. This should not be a huge surprise after his high tension “Kill List” and “Sightseers.” If anything, this movie continues the director’s explorations into the […][...]


Review: Elvis & Nixon

— by RON WILKINSON — “Elvis & Nixon,” Liza Johnson’s narrative fiction retelling of the White House meeting between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon, packs the most entertainment per ounce of any film this year. This is an exploration into what did happen, and what might have happened, during a meeting of the two […][...]


Review: The Measure of a Man

— by RON WILKINSON — Vincent Lindon uncorks a spectacular, if understated, performance in “The Measure of a Man,” writer/director Stéphane Brizé’s essay on the present day working class. The screenplay, co-written by Olivier Gorce, features Lindon as Thierry Taugourdeau, an unemployed/underemployed man trying to support a family. Lindon and his wife and child are […][...]


Review: National Bird

— by RON WILKINSON — Following on the heels of Guy Hibbert’s screenplay for “Eye in the Sky” (directed by Gavin Hood and starring Helen Mirren), this riveting documentary is the best look to date at drone warfare. Many Americans have been led to believe that drone surveillance and missile attacks are precision killings. Although […][...]


Review: Demolition

— by RON WILKINSON — In “Demolition,” Jake Gyllenhaal pulls out a remarkable performance as bereaved executive Davis Mitchell looking for relief when there is none in sight. Driven to the edge of insanity by the sudden death of his wife, we witness his breakdown. Actually, we witness his breakdown in spades. Unlike other on-screen […][...]


Review: Louder Than Bombs

— by RON WILKINSON — Emerging writer/director Joachim Trier’s family drama “Louder Than Bombs” (co-written with Eskil Vogt) has a lot of content — if you are willing to work for it. Dealing with a sullen teenager as a lead has never been easy. Although Devin Druid does a good job with that role, his […][...]


Review: Dependent’s Day

— by JOSUE SANCHEZ — I would like to tell you about a movie that lassoed my head — and heart — and charmed me for its entire duration. I laughed hysterically, and even cried in bewilderment. It’s called “Dependent’s Day.” Yes, it is a romantic comedy, and yes, it is raunchy at times. Yet, […][...]


Review: The Boss

— by RON WILKINSON — Breakout director Ben Falcone teams up with Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids,” “Spy”) to produce a geyser of belly laughs. If you saw “Bridesmaids” and thought it was gross, do not bother to take in this pratfall-fest of unbridled shock lines. If you saw the beauty of taking the crud […][...]








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