Film Reviews

The Wife An intriguing film about a troubled marriage and a gigantic secret with an astonishing performance by Glenn Close. Love
Memoir of War (La Douleur) An emotionally intelligent French film about a woman dealing with the losses of wartime. Love
A Whale of a Tale A Japanese documentary that returns to the small town featured in The Cove to record the continuing controversy over the killing of dolphins. Listening
BlacKkKlansman A stylish and satirical indictment of the legacy of white supremacy. Shadow
The Swan (Svanurinn) A sober-minded and intense girl in Iceland deals with epiphanies about adults and nature. Transformation
Eighth Grade A fascinating and nuanced portrait of a 13-year-old compulsive cell phone user yearning for connections. Connections
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Prequel and sequel to the musical and movie propelled by the jubilant music of Abba. Love
The King Documentary about the rise and decline of Elvis Presley as a metaphor for the rise and decline of America. Meaning
Puzzle A lovely film about friendship and the challenges of middle age. Transformation
Far From the Tree Documentary about the challenges of raising difficult children. You
Leave No Trace A thoughtful story about a father and daughter who discover that kindness is good medicine. Kindness
Woman Walks Ahead A portal into the Western frontier revealing the prevalence of racism and sexism. Reverence
Won't You Be My Neighbor? An inspiring portrait that reveals how Mister Rogers showed children that they are loved and capable of loving. Love
Damsel A quirky postmodern Western about sexual politics where whiny men are dominated by a tough woman who doesn't need saving. Questing
The Catcher Was a Spy The true story of a baseball player who loves both games and secrets. You
Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf An enchanting tour led by the world's most famous garden designer and avid plant lover. Imagination
Zoo A fine family film that shows the importance of protecting animals. Reverence
First Reformed A slow movie classic which explores a rainbow mix of religious and spiritual themes. Faith
Pope Francis — A Man of His Word An inspiring profile of the Catholic Pope who truly walks his talk about love, mercy, and service. Love
The Guardians (Les Gardiennes) A graceful and ethically rich French drama about the heroism of the hard labor performed by families during wartime. Love
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