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Review: Chuck

— by RON WILKINSON — Nobody who saw director Philippe Falardeau’s award winning “Monsieur Lazhar” in 2011 would have imagined this. “Lazhar” was followed by two more touchy-feely up close and personal films about unique immigrant experiences. “Chuck,” which premiered at NYC[...]

Review: Cardinal X

— by RON WILKINSON — In this coming of age thriller — written and directed by Angie Wang — the character of Angie, played by Annie Q., is based on the real-life experiences of the writer/director when she was an incoming freshman at a prestigious southern California universit[...]

Review: Afterimage

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Where can I find Dr. Strzeminski?” asks an eager new student at an art field trip. Flopping down on his stomach, Strzeminski rolls down the hill above her. His students shout out and roll in gay laughter down the mountainside as well. Władysław Strzeminski was k[...]

Review: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

— by RON WILKINSON — The family-run bank Abacus became the only bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Like the crisis itself, this is a story of government, and banking, mismanagement. There is fault enough to go around. However, there is a depth to this[...]

Review: The Wall

— by RON WILKINSON — More psychological thriller than war movie, “The Wall” is a tense, atmospheric cat-and-mouse story that carries broad undercurrents of the cultural and religious war in the Middle East. American snipers Isaac (Aaron Taylor Johnson of “Nocturnal Animals[...]

Review: Take Me

— by RON WILKINSON — New director Pat Healy comes out swinging, or whining, in this very funny take on the genre of the kidnapping gone terribly wrong. Having had its world premiere April 25 at NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival, Healy co-stars with the redoubtable Taylor Schilling from the s[...]

Review: Harold and Lillian

— by BEV QUESTAD — Considered a secret weapon by movie industry professionals, Lillian Michelson explains that she and her husband worked as a team for 60 years on films like “The Ten Commandments,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Spartacus,” “The[...]

Review: The Student

— by RON WILKINSON — Writer/director Kirill Serebrennikov dives headfirst into the adolescent mind in an entreaty for understanding, and, well, common sense. Student Veniamin Yuzhin (Pyotr Skvortsov) is having a bad day and it is up to his science teacher, Elena (Viktoriya Isakova), to s[...]

Review: Graduation

— by RON WILKINSON — “Graduation,” Cristian Mungiu’s latest exploration into the murky folds of conscience and personal responsibility, features the father-daughter pair of Romeo and Eliza. Romeo is a successful, if underpaid, doctor practicing in a small town in Romania. H[...]

Review: The Lost City of Z

— by RON WILKINSON — Hardly the swashbuckling story on might expect, “Z” focuses on the life and motivations of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam). Like many others, he explores the Amazon jungle in the early 20th century looking for a legend. However, his motivation is [...]

Review: A Quiet Passion

— by BEV QUESTAD — At the end of the second semester at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, circa 1850, the students were asked, “Do you wish to come to God and be saved? Those who wish to be Christian and be saved will move to my right. To those who remain and hope to be […][...]

Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife

— by BEV QUESTAD — Their son sleeps with two blond cubs cuddled gently around him. A long-nosed black and white furry badger clutches like a baby to a human. A dromedary, aka a one-humped camel, scurries humorously around the zoo grounds in free abandon. This seemingly innocent film open[...]

Review: David Lynch – The Art Life

— by RON WILKINSON — You either love or hate David Lynch. Either way, you cannot forget him. Sinatra talked about doing it his way, Lynch did it in ways that even he never imagined. His life was a process of channeling emotions into physical shapes and forms. Miraculous, really. This is [...]

Review: Raw

— by RON WILKINSON — Writer/director Julia Ducournau’s debut feature “Raw” took home the FIPRESCI international critics’ award at Cannes this year and the it was well-deserved. Building on a small and well-used horror trope, the movie expands the envelope of in-yo[...]