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Recommended 2017 Films by Women Directors

By HOWARD MCQUITTER II “Detroit” Director: Kathryn Bigelow. Country: USA. Language: English. Running time: 143 minutes. Genre: Drama/Biography. (R) “Wonder Woman” Director: Patty Jenkins. Country: USA. Languages: English/German/Dutch/French/Spanish/Chinese/Greek. Running time: 141 minutes. Genre: Fantasy/Adventure. (PG-13) [...]

Recommended Women Directors from 36th Annual Mpls/St. Paul Film Festival

By HOWARD MCQUITTER II “Everything Else” Director: Natalia Almada. Country: Mexico, USA, France. Languages: Spanish in English subtitles. Running time:90 minutes. Genre: Drama. “The Truth Beneath” Country: South Korea. Languages: Korean in English subtitles. Running time: 102 minutes. Genre: Drama/Crime/ Mystery. (more…)

What Are Some of The Best Films of 2017?

Ten out of 120 Howard Viewed in 2017! 1.) “Paradise” (Rated R?) This film is from The 2017 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, entirely in black and white, the film is set during World War II, when three people cross paths. Simply put, “Paradise” one reason to go to big screen. Cast: Yuliya Vysotskaya (Olga), Christian [...]

“The Shape of Water”

“The Shape of Water”

“The Shape of Water”(2017) Fox Searchlight ****1/2 Back during the Cold War, a young mute woman, Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins), lives in a shabby apartment above the Orpheum Theater (“The Story of Ruth and the Mardi Gras” on the marquee) with in-a-closet, gay struggling illustrator, Giles Richard Jenkins in Baltimore, Maryland, circa [...]

Lady Bird

Lady Bird

“Lady Bird” (2017) Studio A24 ***** “Lady Bird” is the most refreshing film on adolescence in a long time. Thanks to Greta Gerwig, her directional debut is fantastic, everything is in place, keen, realistic, charming and humorous (and serious, too) all in the right spots. Yes, adolescence is a turbulent, experimental, and growing time [...]

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”(2017) Drama/Thriller/Mystery Studio A24 **** out of five stars Heart-wrenching is what «The Killing of a Sacred Deer» is with irony of a doctor performing open-heart surgery in the opening scenes. Doctor Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is seen in a beautiful hospital standing outside his office talking to a [...]

“American Made”

“American Made”

“American Made” (2017) Action/ Biography/ Crime / Thriller/Comedy by Universal Pictures *** and 1/2 out of 5 stars The key to the action/biography film “American Made” is no other than Tom Cruise, the same actor this director Doug Liman also uses in “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014). Cruise of course is the face of Mission Impossible films [...]

“Rebel in the Rye”

“Rebel in the Rye”

“Rebel in the Rye”(2017) *** out of five Black Label Media, Biography/Drama What is more joyful for a writer than to have his or her essay or novel published? Probably the reward of making a living at it or, at least, attaining some award for the efforts. In the world of J.D. Salinger (like many famous writers) success will not come easy, [...]

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

A Tribute to Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)

Robert Mitchum was born on August 6, 1917, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (I was also born on August 6th, but not until 1948.) He was an actor with great talent and vastly underrated. At an early age he rebuffed authority by being charged with vagrancy and was sentenced to a Georgia chain gang, but found a way to escape. Mr. Mitchum’s big break [...]

“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

“Kidnap” & “Detroit”

Kidnap “Kidnap”(2017) * out of 5 starts Thriller, Di Bonaventure Pictures It is true a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States. However, it is also true “ Kidnap” is a bad movie. (It had been sitting on the shelf since 2014: usually a bad sign.) Even though I sympathize with Halle Berry’s character Karla Dyson who [...]

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