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Polina

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This new French feature film co-directed by world-renowned choreographer Angelin Preljoçaj along with screenwriter Valérie Müller is an adaption of Bastien Vivès novel about a young girl pursuing her dreams and it very firmly makes the dancing far more important than the actual plot itself.  This is more of an observation than a criticism and it is  a move … Continue reading




Lost in Paris

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Belgian Dominique Abel and his Australian wife Fiona Gordon are probably the best burlesque couple in movies today. Both rather angular and gaunt, this odd looking pair who are such gifted physical comedians would undoubtedly  be super stars in old Hollywood where are any form of slapstick was both loved and respected. In their latest, … Continue reading



The Little Hours

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  Writer/director Jeff Baena ‘s new movie is very loosely based on a very tiny part of Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century classic The Decameron using two of the many bawdy stories to make this amusing comedy of his.  Using a talented cast of actors most of whom are usually found in TV series, a good part of The … Continue reading



Lady Macbeth

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Filmmaker William Oldroyd’s debut feature is a stunning Victorian dark period drama adapted from Russian writer Nikola Leskov’s 1865 novella Lady Macbeth of Mitsensk. Relocated to a remote part of the British northern countryside it is the compelling tale of how a reluctant teenage bride took matters into her own hands to re-shape her destiny … Continue reading



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