Mommy – dearest, this is no ordinary family

This movie begins with a car accident – perhaps writer/director Xavier Dolan’s way of saying “fasten your seatbelt” because you’ve never seen anything like Mommy! The film takes place in Canada, in the near future, where a law has been adopted stating that parents must either take responsibility for their emotionally disturbed children or send…

Two Days, One Night – suspense builds in each and every minute

This is a fantastic French film about compassion, courage and sacrifice. The movie tells the story of Sandra (Marion Cotillard) a depressed factory worker. Sandra and her husband are a working-class couple with children. She suffers from depression and pops Xanax as if they were breath mints. She’s fragile and seemingly at the end of…

A Most Violent Year – The (Not) So Good Old Day

New York City in 1981 – the Twin Towers standing tall, graffiti-covered subways and reports of all types of crimes coming in over the police scanner. That’s the world of A Most Violent Year – director J.C. Chandor’s latest atmospheric film. Chandor last brought audiences “All is Lost”, which had one word of dialogue.  His…

Selma – where streets are “paved” with blood

Selma brought me to tears AND made me want to stand up and cheer out loud. In this film, writer/director Ava DuVernay humanizes Reverend Martin Luther King – he is a man who makes mistakes and has doubts and fears. But Selma is not a biopic, rather it focuses on a particular time during the…

The Humbling – one fading actor allows another to shine

It’s The Humbling’s bad luck that it comes out after Birdman. Not only do both movies tackle the issue of the aging actor trying to regain celebrity, the first ten minutes of both are eerily similar. Birdman is the better movie, but The Humbling is still entertaining and Pacino great to watch. Based on a…