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mother! Metaphoric but Hard to Watch

By Sandra Olmsted

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Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in mother!, a new horror film in theaters now.

Writer/director Darren Aronofsky’s extended metaphor on the creative process is interesting, disturbing, and probably alluring to some. The film portrays the creative process as essentially violent and destructive and seems to say that very little of value is created by artists and writers.

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Wind River: A Terrifying Winter Wonderland

   By Sandra Olmsted

 Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in Wind River

Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in Wind River

In debut director Taylor Sheridan’s testosterone-fueled thriller, Wind River, women must to saved and protected by the good and will be used and abused by the bad ones. In many ways, the Wind River is a modern black hat/white hat western because the good guys are so easy to spot. For example, Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a sensitive, emotionally-scarred wildlife officer, who tracks predators and kills them when they prey on ranchers’ livestock.

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Leap! Mostly en Pointe!

Felicie Milliner (voice of Elle Fanning) and Victor (voice of Nat Wolff) examine Fe?licie's broken musicbox in Leap!

Felicie Milliner (voice of Elle Fanning) and Victor (voice of Nat Wolff) examine Felicie’s broken musicbox in Leap!

By Sandra Olmsted

For those who dream of being a ballet dancer, especially girls, directors Eric Summer and Éric Warin have tried their best with Leap! to make an animated film that fulfills that wish. Félicie (voice of Elle Fanning) 11-year-old orphan, struggles against many odds in hopes of attaining her dream. Fellow orphan Victor (voice of Nat Wolff in the American version) dreams of being a great inventor and masterminds their escape from the orphanage and gets them to the city of their dreams, Paris! Almost immediately, the two are accidentally separated and must pursue their very different dreams alone in the City of Lights, circa 1879.

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”: A Bromantic, Shoot-Em-Up Comedy

By Sandra Olmsted

In "The Hitman’s Bodyguard," Ryan Reynolds as bodyguard Michael Bryce and Samuel L. Jackson as hitman Darius Kincaid make one of their narrow and absurdly funny escapes in a caper that’s part spy thriller and part buddy-film bromance.

In “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” Ryan Reynolds as bodyguard Michael Bryce and Samuel L. Jackson as hitman Darius Kincaid make one of their narrow and absurdly funny escapes in an hilarious caper film.

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Lucky Logan: A Fun-Filled Hillbilly Heist

Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan and Riley Keough as Jimmy’s seemly successful sister Mellie and Adam Driver as their brother down-on-his lucky brother Clyde in director Steven Sodoerbergh’s “Lucky Logan.”

Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan and Riley Keough as Jimmy’s seemly successful sister Mellie and Adam Driver as their brother down-on-his lucky brother Clyde in director Steven Sodoerbergh’s “Lucky Logan.”

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Waning Days of Summer Movie Recap

by Sandra Olmsted

Sandra Olmsted

Sandra Olmsted

As summer begins to fade, and the days grow shorter, we may all regret the summer adventures we did or didn’t have. Fortunately, a good summer movie can take us on a wild, even scary, ride, or dramatically provoke thought about serious issues or provide escape through laughter, although comedies have been few and far between this summer.

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