Beautiful Boy – 2 1/2 stars
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Writers:Luke Davies (screenplay by), Felix van Groeningen(screenplay by)
Stars: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney
Sundance shorts 2018 – 3 stars
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – 3 1/2 stars
Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).
Writers: Nicole Holofcener (screenplay by), Jeff Whitty (screenplay by)
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
Nobody’s Fool – not screened
A woman is released from prison and reunites with her sister. She soon discovers that her sister is in an online relationship with a man who may not be what he seems.
Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Courtney Henggeler, Missi Pyle
Bohemian Rhapsody – 2 1/2 stars
A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert.
Director: Bryan Singer
Writers: Anthony McCarten (story by), Peter Morgan (story by)
Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
The Nutcracker and The Four Realms – 3 stars
All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Directors: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Writers: Ashleigh Powell (screen story by), Ashleigh Powell (screenplay by)
Stars: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman
Suspiria – 3 1/2 stars
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writers: Dario Argento (characters), Daria Nicolodi (characters)
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick