Jackie (DVD Review)

15 – 95mins – 2016


 

A MOTHER TO US ALL

“What did the bullet sound like?”

Set just one week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Caspar Phillipson) in 1963, Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated biographical drama takes the form of a private press interview between Billy Cruddup’s unnamed journalist and the grieving, newly-widowed First Lady (Natalie Portman). Throughout their on-the-record discussion, Jacqueline Kennedy flashes back to times before, during and after Lee Harvey Oswald’s fateful motorcade shooting, and the burial of her husband.

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Toni Erdmann (Cinema Review)

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15 – 165mins – 2016


 

IT FOLLOWS

As endlessly quotable and perfectly formed as I find it, my mother has always had an issue with Napoleon Dynamite; she cannot laugh at the escapades of Jon Heder’s socially awkward moonboot-wearing amateur doodler because she finds his backward nature and ostracisation too sad. If anything, German director Maren Ade’s Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Toni Erdmann, walks the delicate between comedy and tragedy even more than Jared Hess’ 2004 cult breakout.

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Creed (Netflix Review)

12 – 128mins – 2015


 

SHADOW BOXER

“Can the kid fight as well as the old man?”

40 years after he first ran up those steps and into audience’s hearts on Thanksgiving 1976, boxing champion and montage trendsetter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returned to the big screen for a seventh round and his first since 2006’s belated eponymous comeback.

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