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Linda Ronstadt ‘The Sound of My Voice’ : tears as the voice breaks

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  Rock star documentaries often gain their drama from the self-destructiveness of their subjects. Fame magnifies personal flaws too brightly and the star gets burnt out. This one, by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, is lovingly different. The Linda Ronstadt seen here has a soccer mom like determination to do things well. When tragedy strikes, … Continue reading



Fiddler : A Miracle of Miracles

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  This very affectionate look at the creation and the longevity of this classic Broadway Musical examines why Fiddler on the Roof resounds way beyond the orthodox Jewish community that it was set in. In this his third  documentary filmmaker Max Lewkowicz talks to all the principal players who were responsible for turning what seemed … Continue reading



The Spider in the Web : a convoluted and confusing spy story

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The Spider in the Web is a convoluted and confusing spy story that has only one real truth to tell, if you wear a mask for most of your life then you may not recognize yourself when you take it off. Adereth (Ben Kingsley) has spent his life working for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. … Continue reading



The Souvenir : Filmmakers film launches a Swinton dynasty

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The thrillingly eccentric Tilda Swinton has added to her legacy by birthing an acting dynasty. Her own exquisite cameo in this movie, The Souvenir, is surprisingly eclipsed by the central character played by her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne. This British-American film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg, is a semi fictional (therefore semi biographical?) tale … Continue reading



Edie : It’s Never Too Late

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The unexpected success of the Hotel Marigold films  gave rise to the belief that there is an audience for films starring veteran British actresses who have been sidelined to small cameo roles. However they cannot stand alone on skills of the sublime talent in front of the camera alone, there needs to be a decent … Continue reading



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