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The Wife (R) **** Glenn Close is mesmerizing as Joan Castleman, “the wife” of Nobel Laureate Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce). We sense her discomfort as the movie begins with the announcement of Joe’s award. The source of this is gradually…

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Puzzle (R) ***** Agnes is an insulated housewife in Bridgeport, Connecticut, who is a whiz at solving jigsaw puzzles. She is played by Kelly MacDonald, one of filmdom’s great actresses. This is a star turn for her, and she proves…

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) ***** Call me old-fashioned, romantic or out-of-date, I don’t care. I LOVED this movie for all the right reasons. Yes, the plot is incredibly corny. It’s actually two storylines. The first story is…

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Adrift (PG-13) ***** Shailene Woodley (Tami Oldham) has been a personal favorite of mine since I saw her in “The Descendant” as a teenager. In this film, which she also produced, she is riveting as the rootless adventurer Tami. She…

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Rider (R) ***** Let me start by saying this is a remarkable film for many reasons, most of all the story. It is the story of a young man, Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau), who was a rodeo rider until suffering…

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Isle of Dogs (PG-13) ***** An extraordinarily funny, clever and moving animated experience is what awaits you in this cross-cultural epic. “Epic” if only because it has an amazingly large cast of bi-national voiceover stars (Japanese and American, including Yoko…

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Red Sparrow (R) **** Jennifer Lawrence is certifiably one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen. She certainly holds up that standard in this film about espionage and betrayal at many levels. Her dance double, Isabella Boylston,…

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Peter Rabbit (PG) ***** A rival for the recently released “Paddington Bear” hit, this one is equally as clever with even funnier dialogue. James Corden does a crackerjack job as the antagonistic Peter. A supporting cast including Sia, Sam Neill,…

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Paddington 2 (PG) ***** Call me an old softie, but this live animated sequel nearly brought me to tears with its simplicity, charm, wit, special effects (yes, they can be charming) and its plot. The plot concerns Paddington Brown, a…

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) **** This charming sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel of a couple of years ago will probably fill theaters with the same older demographic, but younger audiences might find this one more…