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“The Truth Beneath” From the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival

“The Truth Beneath” From the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival

“The Truth Beneath” (2016) ***** A scandal may be on the way during an extremely close race that Eui-sung Kim (Noh Jae-soon) wins narrowly over Jong-chan (Ju- hyuk Kim). Just as the elections will go national, Noh Jae- soon and his wife’s daughter Kim Min-jin (Ji-Hoon Shin) goes missing. Noh Jae-soon tells Yeon-hong (Yeon-jin Son) to [...]

Paradise

Paradise

“Paradise” (2016) ***** A riveting story about a young Russian aristocrat, Olga (Yuliya Vysotskaya), is sent away to a concentration camp where she faces unspeakable circumstances. She has joined the French Resistance to save as many Jews as she can from extermination only to be captured and interrogated for the “crime” of hiding Jewish [...]

Get Out

Get Out

Universal Pictures Horror/Suspense/Mystery/Comedy ***** If you think “Get Out” is like Stanley Kramer’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967)–it is to an extent–but “Get Out” goes much further, much deeper in its approach to a very unsettling, suspenseful,malevolence; yet it’s peppered with humor. The director Jordan [...]

La La Land

La La Land

By Howard McQuitter II For March 2017, I refer to my highly recommended movie the highly touted musical/romance/drama “La La Land” (received 14 Oscar nominations) directed by Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash” ). Chazelle became the youngest Person (at age 32) to win the best director award at the Golden Globes. Only two other movies in Oscar [...]

Top Ten Movies of 2016

Top Ten Movies of 2016

1. “Moonlight” (R) Running time: 111 minutes. Director: Barry Jenkins. A young African American goes from childhood and adulthood in Miami with many struggles including his sexuality. Drama. 2. “Manchester by the Sea” (R) Running time: 137 minutes. Director: Kenneth Lonergan. A working class handyman suffering from depression has to face [...]

“La La Land”

“La La Land”

By Howard McQuitter II ****1/2 out of five stars “La La Land” (2016) Liongate Drama/Musical/Romance Sebastian has that same passion for jazz as did Andrew (Miles Teller) did in “Whiplash”(2014), by director Damien Chazelle, who directed both “Whiplash” and “La La Land”. In both cases, Sebastian, the pianist, and Andrew, the [...]

“The Accountant” & “Moonlight”

“The Accountant” & “Moonlight”

** out of 5 stars “Accountant,” “R” Rating Ben Affleck’s character Christian Wolf in “The Accountant” lives in an Airstream trailer in the hinterland where he stocks weapons, money, paintings by Renoir and Jackson Pollack (bought on the black market). He’s involved with some nefarious organizations and some of assignments are [...]

Snowden

Snowden

*** out of 5 stars Oliver Stone is the ideal director for “Snowden”, the man I’ve admired who back in the 1980s and the early 1990s would willingly step into controversial subject matter such as his films “Platoon” (1986), “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989) and “JFK” (1991). “Snowden” is one of those controversial men who [...]

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

(Left to right) Ben Foster and Chris Pine in HELL OR HIGH WATER. ***** Crime/Drama/Quasi-Modern Western R-Rated “Hell or High Water” is the real deal as far as a solid heist film that is reminiscent of the 1960s and early 1970s heist films such as the late director Michael Cimino’s heist film “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” (1974) [...]

The Secret Lives of Pets

The Secret Lives of Pets

*** 1/2 out of 5 Animation/Adventure/Comedy “The Secret Lives of Pets” although not perfect is a wholesome family affair. What do humans and pets do? Well, Humans go to work; pets come to play. When the coast is clear and the pets’ owners have gone to work or school in Manhattan, it’s play time for dogs, cats, parakeets, guinea pigs and [...]

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