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Re: “I, Tonya: Catfight on Ice

Actually a good review.

Read "Hillbilly Elegy" for some further insight to a misunderstood part of America.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/31/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Molly’s Game: Poker Face

We loved Molly's Game. Based on a true story. The audience clapped at the end. Rotten Tomatoes AUDIENCE SCORE
88% liked it Average Rating: 4.1/5

Posted by Carolyn Burd on 12/28/2017 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

BTW, did you know that Timothe Chalamet is Jewish? His mother, who is American, is Jewish.

I mention this because the mainstream media is pathologically obsessed with exactly only one half of his background, French, and categorically refuses to mention his other half, Jewish. Even though his character in this movie isn't French - he's Jewish, and spends half the movie wearing a Star of David.

So if not now, when?

In fact, Call Me By Your Name is the rare major film where three actors of Jewish heritage (Chalamet, Hammer, Stuhlbarg), play Jewish characters in the leads.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 12/22/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

Actors of fully Jewish background: Mila Kunis, Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Erin Heatherton, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Esti Ginzburg, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Dan Hedaya, Emory Cohen, Corey Haim, Scott Mechlowicz, Odeya Rush, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is Jewish, too (though I dont know if both of his parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Timothe Chalamet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black DElia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Andrew Garfield, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgorts father is Jewish, though I dont know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr., Sean Penn, and Ed Skrein were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

Posted by Wendy Moss on 12/21/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Call Me by Your Name: Sophisticated Gay Romance Scores

You missed the line during lunch when the Italian friend says to Elio's mother: 'You changed since you inherited this place'. The villa is hers, and presumably the money that keeps it.

Otherwise, your review is spot on. Thank you.

Posted by guill on 12/21/2017 at 2:02 AM

Re: “Gary Oldman Surpasses Himself in Darkest Hour

Churchill was, beyond a doubt, the most important human being of the twentieth Century. He, and he alone provided the moral and emotional impetus that led England to hold off the Nazi menace long enough for America to get into the war and contribute to the effort.

Russia supplied the most lives and the war would have been lost without them. America supplied the money and equipment.

Churchill supplied the leadership that started the allied resistance.

Posted by Ernest Montague on 12/14/2017 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

It's a crap film with no redeeming features. Snyder has no business making super hero films. The second half does improve with Whedons hands on the wheel. Overall a complete mess and not worth my money. Rip DC

Posted by James Holloway on 11/22/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

This isn't a review... This is a hit piece. And that's coming from someone who feels Captain America: The Winter Soldier is pound for pound the best cinematic comic movie to date. Seriously... THIS reviewer was looking to hate this film. Wow...

Posted by Junck_Male on 11/18/2017 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

This is an idiotic review. The movie is fun and exciting. Not as good as the recent Marvel movies, clearly, but much better than past DC efforts and headed in the right direction. Affleck and Cavil were good as well as Gadot and Ezra Miller. The problem was the dialogue, angst for Cyborg and Aquaman, who were played by mediocre actors. Nolan damaged the DC franchise with too much pretentious style and Zack Snyder is a so-so director. Warners made a huge mistake

Posted by Thomas L. Snyder on 11/17/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Justice League Is a Cheap-Looking Spectacle

Well, you're right about showing the audience contempt... only that it didn't come from the movie, but the critic who can easily state that fans will convince themselves they are watching a good movie ...

Only if I could do the same about reading a review...

Posted by Luis Rodriguez on 11/17/2017 at 1:45 PM

Re: “The Snowman: Please Inform Frosty

Sounds like they significantly changed and wrecked the book.

Posted by Eileen Morentz on 10/21/2017 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Blade Runner 2049: Making America Dismal Again

Of course you and most of your readers don't want to explore our current situation.

That's why you go to the movies.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 10/10/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Loving Vincent, and Perhaps Murdering Him, Too

the spectacle of the film is at first nearly overwhelming. But, once one gets used to seeing the Vincent mode on a constant level, it is a pleasure to watch. The conjecture over Vincent's cause of death is quite plausible and the doctor's forensic analysis of the wound's initiation...not done by Vincent's hand...is very compelling. The course of Armand's journey following Vincent's path is not at all tedious...but very enlightening as drama and as narrative. All rings true for the viewer and makes this film a joy and hopefully a success in all ways for its creators. loved it.

Posted by Perry Johnson on 10/07/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Mother!: Who Are All These People?

Wow. You completely missed what this movie is a metaphor for...The Poet represents God. Jlaw was Mother Nature. The Man and Woman were Adam and Eve, their children Cain and Abel. The movie represents the progression of humans populating (and destroying) Earth (the house). We see war, slavery, religious fanaticism, greed, humans' disregard of taking care of the planet all represented throughout. The heartbeat was the wellbeing of the planet and Mother Nature monitoring and trying to protect it until she finally snapped with the death of her baby (jesus). Not saying it was a perfect movie but how on earth did you misunderstand so completely what this movie was about???

Posted by moviegal on 09/20/2017 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Rebel in the Rye Is Airless and Suffocating

Enduring masterpiece??

Enduring the way cigarettes are an enduring symbol of rebellion for imaginationless youths who desperately want to stand out but lack the talent and brains to do so. Same with CitR.

Posted by Martin Warner on 09/15/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Where's the Outrage? In Detroit.

Thanks for Kelly Vance's insightful discussion of this important movie. I lived in Detroit that summer, and it is sad to see how many of the problems of that era persist in the U.S. today. This is by far one of the most intelligent reviews of Ms. Bigelow's harrowing account of what can happen when a sadistic policeman misuses his power over our citizenry.

Posted by Shelley Diekman on 08/21/2017 at 6:29 PM

Re: “A Ghost Story: Sheet Out of Luck

#rodetheirsiblingscoattailsclub

Posted by Wendy Myrhh on 07/14/2017 at 7:52 PM

Re: “A Ghost Story: Sheet Out of Luck

It's Affleck. Read up on it before you pathetically review it. Clearly you saw a different movie than 99% of the critics who loved it!

Posted by Nancy Cassady on 07/13/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The Big Sick: When Kumail Met Emily

I thought this picture was not well written and the plot was thin when lots of nuance could have been added. And I thought the actor that played Emily was so bland that she veered into being invisible. Other than being a blandly pretty blonde, she brought nothing else to the role. I don't see a big future in movies for either of them. Comedy acts are different from film acting, eh?

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 07/12/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Manifesto: I Remember Dada

Agreed. This movie would have been better if it had told us which movement's manifesto's it drew from. Then, at least, it would be educational. But I could only recongnize a few from self refrence or prior knowledge, and the rest was like an endless, contextless pros poem, neither educational nor all that entertaining.

Posted by Ethan Davidson on 07/09/2017 at 11:49 PM

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