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Limbo (2020)

I’m sure it’s unintentional that the limbo the characters in this film face ironically mirrors that limbo that we all feel having been stuck at home for over a year due to the pandemic. It is certainly unfair to compare a refugee’s stuck between two worlds existence to someone sitting all day, every day in …

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Our Friend

A trio of thirtysomethings have been best friends for years. Married couple Matt (Casey Affleck) and Nicole (Dakota Johnson) have two young daughters, while their longtime pal Dan (Jason Segel) is one of those guys that seems like an underachiever to others, but has a heart of gold that shines through. A shocking diagnosis throws …

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The Undoing (2020)

Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Hugh Grant) live the perfect life of the wealthy elite in New York City. She is a successful psychologist, sensitive and kind. He is an oncologist for children, which should qualify him for sainthood. Their cute (but luckily not precocious) son attends an exclusive private school. Basically, they are living …

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Land (2021)

Land (2021)

While visiting friends in the rural area around Missoula, Montana, I heard about what the locals termed “mountain bachelors”. These were guys who purposely had fallen off the grid, often due to trauma (like Vietnam vets, for instance), living up in a remote cabin away from society. They’d emerge every now and then to check …

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The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian

The titular character in The Mauritanian is a man named Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahir Rahim), who was arrested in the chaos after 9/11 as a terrorist, and tossed into the United States’ infamous offshore Guantánamo prison. He, like hundreds of other international accused criminals, are left there to rot not just without trial, but without …

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Wild Mountain Thyme

Wild Mountain Thyme

Rosemary (Emily Blunt) has loved neighbor farm boy Anthony (Jamie Dornan) ever since they were wee children in the Irish countryside. But a misunderstood love rivalry with another girl has led them to grow up as grumpy single farmers with a symbolic fence between their land. Anthony’s dad (Christopher Walken, sporting an every-now-and-then Irish accent) …

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