Grief

Mass (2021)

Mass (2021)

In what is probably the stagiest movie I’ve ever seen that was not actually a stage adaptation, Mass is a claustrophobic, extremely intimate experience where you feel trapped in a room, no, actually trapped at a table with four emotionally scarred individuals trying to have a conversation. The four people are two sets of parents …

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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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In the Bedroom

There has already been much criticism of reviewers giving away too much of the plot beforehand, which spoils somewhat of the “surprise” of the film, so I’ll do my best. The basic characters are college-boy Frank (Nick Stahl) dating an older woman (Marisa Tomei… acting!) who not only has a couple of kids, but a …

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Rabbit Hole

Becca (Nicole Kidman) and Howie (Aaron Eckhart) are a long-married couple dealing with the grief of losing their only child. Their 4-year-old son was hit by a car 8 months earlier while chasing the family dog across the street in front of their house. Dealing with their loss is ripping them apart as a couple, …

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