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NP Approved a quiet passion
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Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion, a bright and engaging portrait of Emily Dickinson, is more family drama than biopic. Steadfastly anti-romantic, the film exaggerates the conventions of the standard biopic, dishing out expository lines of dialogue without any attempt to make them sound conversational. It’s not just that the…

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Ludwig (Arrow Academy) is the story of Ludwig II (Helmut Berger), the last King of Bavaria who died under a cloud of mystery. Born in 1845, Ludwig ruled from 1864 to 1886. After ascending the throne when he was 18, he displayed an interest only in opera, constructing elaborate castles, and handsome young men. Obsessed with the music of Richard Wagner (Trevor Howard), Ludwig sponsored the composer, but Wagner betrayed the king by …

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Lion (Lionsgate) is two stories. The first is the journey of an impoverished five-year-old boy from India, Saroo (Sunny Pawer), accidentally trapped on a train that takes him 1,0000 miles from home, alone and frightened. The second, set 25 years later, focuses on the adult Saroo (Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), curious about his heritage and determined to seek out his mother, brother, and his very roots.

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In 1961, Virginia, the home of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was still a state in which segregation was law. “Hidden Figures” (20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment) tells the story of three black women mathematicians working for NASA when the United States is racing against Russia to get a man into space.

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“I keep thinking that something went very wrong,” chuckles Mick Rock, the British photographer, at yet another major showing of his iconic work. “We were supposed to be rebels and outsiders.” But the rebels of the past are destined to become mainstream, and Rock was no exception, as we learn in Shot! The…

Reviews Cezanne et moi
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It’s 1888, and post-impressionist master Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) is furious with his old friend Émile Zola (Guillaume Canet) for what he has written in his novel L’œuvre (The Masterpiece). A fictitious account of Zola’s and Cézanne’s friendship, the character that Cézanne is so upset about is in…

Reviews gifted
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We might not have hit peak superhero yet – and at this rate, it probably won’t happen for another half-decade – but that doesn’t mean we can’t venture into multiplexes this weekend for another kind of heroism, the kind minus “super” in the description, but the kind of heroism that still features a familiar…

Reviews going in style
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Call off the search party. Zach Braff has been found, alive and still making films. After what many considered a quality first-time effort, Garden State, thirteen years ago, Braff went into hibernation – acting wise he was still around, but writing and directing wise, he wasn’t – returning three years ago with…

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