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‘Unorthodox’: a young woman’s journey to finding freedom

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‘Unorthodox’: a young woman’s journey to finding freedom

April 22, 2020 0 comments

When Esther Shapiro, known as Esty, jumps in the taxi for the first time, she can’t help but gaze out at the sky through the window as tears begin streaming down her face. She has escaped her past and is ready to start anew.

‘The Invisible Man’ haunts audiences with modernization of classic tale

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‘The Invisible Man’ haunts audiences with modernization of classic tale

March 10, 2020 0 comments

In an era of large-scale Hollywood reboots that too often collapse into a cesspool of critical disdain and overwhelming disappointment, writer and director Leigh Whannell offers a sophisticated adaptation of H. G. Wells’s classic novel “The Invisible Man.”

Opening up about her struggles with body image, sexual assault, career pressures and feminist views, Swift finally gets the chance to tell her side of the story through a medium beyond music in “Miss Americana.”

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‘Miss Americana’ sparks empathy for Taylor Swift

February 11, 2020 0 comments

On Jan. 23, the release of Taylor Swift’s intimate documentary “Miss Americana” took Netflix by storm. Directed by Emmy-Award winner Lana Wilson, the documentary follows Swift on her search for “happiness without anyone else’s input,” highlighting her struggles against criticisms, loneliness and constant visibility.

“Hair Love,” which played at the Avon alongside other Academy Award nominated animated shorts last week, won the Oscar Sunday night.

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Oscar-nominated animated shorts examine diverse personal relationships

February 11, 2020 0 comments

Last week, the Avon Cinema screened the 92nd Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominees in anticipation of the awards show. Out of the 92 short films that qualified for Oscar consideration, “Hair Love,” “Kitbull,” “Daughter,” “Sister” and “Memorable” were selected to compete in this category.

Portraying main characters Nicole and Charlie, Scarlett Johannson and Adam Driver communicate the painful process of divorce in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” released on Netflix last December.

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‘Marriage Story’ examines the judicial arbitration of love

January 23, 2020 0 comments

In his characteristic imitation of the mumblecore aesthetic, director Noah Baumbach tackles the transformation of love in his most recent project, “Marriage Story,” released on Netflix in December.

The documentary “Free Solo” depicts rock climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to summit a 3,000-foot mountain face without any equipment.

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‘Free Solo’ offers slow-burning thrills

December 7, 2018 Comments are Disabled

The nerve-wracking film chronicles the journey of Alex Honnold, a famous U.S. rock climber, as he prepares to “free solo” El Capitan.

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‘Mid90s’ paints poignant portrait of teenage aspirations, struggles

October 26, 2018 Comments are Disabled

Jonah Hill’s film “Mid90s” transfixes viewers from the start with close-up skateboarding shots and action-packed scenes that reveal turmoil at home. The film follows 13-year-old Stevie’s (played by Sunny Suljic) summer adventures in Los Angeles as he weaves between life at home with his single mom (Katherine Waterston) and abusive older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges).

“A Wrinkle in Time” not worth the time despite powerful cast

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“A Wrinkle in Time” not worth the time despite powerful cast

March 14, 2018 Comments are Disabled

“A Wrinkle in Time,” the latest film from director Ava DuVernay, has such a decent heart that it feels cruel to strike it down.

Currently showing at Providence Place, “The 15:17 to Paris” fails to keep viewers entertained despite its unconventional practice of casting the real-life protagonists of the terrorist attack that the film depicts.

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Despite creative premise, viewers should miss ‘The 15:17 To Paris’

February 12, 2018 Comments are Disabled

“The 15:17 To Paris,” Clint Eastwood’s new film about the true story of three Americans who stopped a terrorist attack on a train in the summer of 2015, rests on a central conceit.

Wayland ‘18.5: “Donald Cried” fails to deliver more than laughs

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Wayland ‘18.5: “Donald Cried” fails to deliver more than laughs

April 12, 2017 Comments are Disabled

“Donald Cried” may fail to rise to its inconsistent flashes of brilliance but nonetheless delivers a story rife with comedic flair.