The Manor

The Manor (2021)

For personal reasons, The Manor may have been one of those “too soon” movie choices for me to watch on a cold, dark October night. The story of a family dropping their elderly mother off at a nursing home because of her looming health issues, sent a chill of very recent recognition through me. When …

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Bingo Hell

Bingo Hell

With a name like Bingo Hell, you may not expect a clever allegory of gentrification and the fading luster of the American Dream. But this campy horror-comedy delivers its message of community sticking together, contrasting glaring flashy bingo parlor lights with the cozy glow of your well-worn neighborhood hair salon. Lupita (Adriana Barraza) is the …

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Some Kind of Heaven

SYNOPSIS: With Some Kind of Heaven, first-time feature director Lance Oppenheim cracks the manicured facade of The Villages, America’s largest retirement community – a massive, self-contained utopia located in Central Florida. Behind the gates of this palm tree-lined fantasyland, Some Kind of Heaven invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of Villages …

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Still Mine

In every life there comes a point when things stop working. Maybe it’s the way you live or how you’ve always supported yourself. Maybe it’s more fundamental, and your body or mind start to give in. In the case of Craig (James Cromwell) and Irene Morrison (Genevieve Bujold), everything begins failing at once, leaving them …

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Funny, poignant, joyful and filled with beauty, this comedy-drama from director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and writer Ol Parker (Imagine Me and You, which I also loved beyond measure) is all about embracing change instead of fearing it. Sprinkled amidst that message are equally potent lessons about finding one’s purpose, following one’s dreams, eschewing …

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