Category: Film Reviews

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‘Manchester by the Sea’

Commentary by Andy Ray In 2000, screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan directed his first feature film. “You Can Count on Me” was the story of a single mother (Laura Linney) raising a teenage son, when her...

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‘Nocturnal Animals’

Commentary by Andy Ray With two Oscar-contending late-year releases, I have a gut feeling the MPAA intends to finally award Amy Adams with the Best Actress Oscar at February’s ceremony.  Why? Because by my...

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‘Arrival’

Commentary by Andy Ray Any review of Denis Villeneuve’s new science fiction picture “Arrival” must begin with this statement:  Amy Adams is my favorite actress so far this decade.  I consider her to be...

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’

In 2007, Ellen Page set the modern-day standard for smart teenage girl characters when she played the title role in Jason Reitman’s “Juno.”  Now, Hailee Steinfeld has matched that performance in Kelly Fremon Craig’s...

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‘Loving’

Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love.  They got married.  They had a family.  Their story is the subject of Jeff Nichols new film “Loving” – which probably sounds “Boring,” until I tell you...

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‘Moonlight’

Commentary by Andy Ray Writer-director Barry Jenkins has adapted Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” for the big screen, and the result is one of the year’s greatest films, and...

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‘American Honey’

Commentary by Andy Ray Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” begins with a segment reviewing the present life of an 18-year-old Oklahoma girl named Star (played by newcomer Sasha Lane). She’s taking care of two children...

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‘The Dressmaker’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve never been a fan of movies where the protagonist either moves to or returns to a small town full of eccentric characters. The townsfolk are almost always so over-the-top...

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“The Birth of a Nation”

Commentary by Andy Ray Twenty-one years before Harriet Beecher Stowe published her landmark novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and 28 years before John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, a Virginia slave named Nat Turner led...

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‘Snowden’

Commentary by Andy Ray I’ve missed Oliver Stone. The auteur of such masterpieces as “Born on the Fourth of July” and “JFK” hasn’t released a non-documentary film since “W” in 2008. Now, he gives...