Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Brooklyn – 8.4

November 30th, 2015|

We’re living in Colm Toibin’s world at the moment – having finished Nora Roberts, reading The Master, now seeing Brooklyn – and what a sensitive and down-to-earth world it is! Characters are minutely observed, and the plot points are all everyday events. Here, all the everyday events happen to Saoirse Ronan’s Eilis, and the beauty of the film is […]

Spotlight – 8.5

November 25th, 2015|

An almost flawless movie that, more significantly, was important. It offered sympathy for victims of abuse and condemnation for the Catholic Church hierarchy, but most resonant for me was the plug for journalism. The Boston Globe reporters knocked on doors, used their contacts, pored through clips and records, went to court and trusted their instincts, […]

Theeb – 8

November 19th, 2015|

“A minor classic,” said one review, and this small film was perfect in its way. It captured a time and place – the Arabia of Lawrence – and above all, a culture. The plot unfolded slowly, through the eyes of a young boy (“Theeb”) who never left camera range. He had to figure out how […]

Room – 7

November 19th, 2015|

This one is all about acting and psychology: how do you feel about what each of the characters lives through, and how well do they portray it? Brie Larson is amazingly equable in a seemingly insupportable situation; when she cracks you’re only surprised it didn’t happen sooner. The kid plays a kid – he’s the […]

Broadway 2015

November 15th, 2015|

Yesterday we finished the musicals portion of our fall Broadway season, seeing in one week A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Something Rotten and Beautiful, a month after we saw Hamilton. Although criticism is something more than assigning grades, that is where I will start, with the above receiving, respectively, B-, A-, B and […]