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Some Kind of Heaven : Disney for Retirees

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  Documentarian Lance Oppenhiem’s debut feature film “Some Kind of Heaven” makes for entertaining viewing especially if you are not one of the several thousand residents of The Villages, the world’s largest retirement complex. Oppenheim turns us into voyeurs as he takes a close look at this “Disneyland for Retirees’ through the eyes of four … Continue reading



The Genius and The Opera Singer : a toxic mother/daughter relationship

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  This 2017 documentary from Brit filmmaker Vanessa Stockley about the toxic relationship between 92 year-old former opera  singer and her 55 year-old embittered daughter is one helluva tough view.  Drawing immediate comparisons with the more famous eccentric mother/daughter duo in Grey Gardens, but this new film severely lacks the humor and affection (albeit twisted) … Continue reading



Promising Young Woman

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  There is no actual connection between  Emerald Fennell last acting role to a her writing/directing debut but it’s worth mentioning.  After playing Prince Charles long suffering mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles in The Crown,, Fennell is now responsible for creating Promising Young Woman an excellent revenge thriller that is determined to exact punishment on nearly all … Continue reading



Farewell Amor

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  Ekwa Msangi’s insightful and delicate tale of reconciliation starts at JFK airport where Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) waits for his wife and daughter that he hasn’t seen for 17 years.  It’s taken this amount of time for him to be able to legally get them to immigrate from his Angolan homeland.   Msangi shows … Continue reading



DEAR SANTA : The best Holiday Movie this Year

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  Forget all those Holiday movies starring hunky gay Christmas cowboys or those featuring an irrepressible Fran Drescher etc, THIS is unquestionably the best Christmas movie this year.  Don’t just take our word, Santa thinks so too. Dana Nachman’s totally compelling and affectionate profile is of the US Postal Service’s Operation Santa program for answering children’s … Continue reading



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