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Nomadland Review — Stunningly Subtle and Sublime

In her Nomadland review, Lisa Johnson Mandell explains how Frances McDormand and Chloé Zhao show the aching beauty in life stripped down to the bone. Nomadland is one of those “There but for the grace of god go I” films that will leave you pondering for days. Both elegant and gritty, it easily made its way…

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Film Nominations for the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards Announced

2020 was a crazy year for movies, and the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards have been delayed. Find out who may be picking up trophies on March 7, 2021. The Critics Choice Association (CCA) released it’s film nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards recently, and the winners will be revealed LIVE on The…

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THE MIDNIGHT SKY Review — George Clooney’s Latest Launches Beauty, Emotion, Suspense

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Midnight Sky review says George Clooney’s  latest takes us on two compelling, bittersweet sci-fi voyages, which should not be missed. George Clooney is the kind of guy who appeals to almost everyone — men, women, young, old and everyone in between. With his latest work, a tender sci-fi thriller called The Midnight Sky,…

32 weeks review

32 WEEKS Review — An Unforgettable Millennial Amnesia Drama

32 Weeks review — Lisa Johnson Mandell says writer/director Brian Cavallaro zeroes in on the pre-pandemic Millennial lifestyle, spicing it up with romance and mystery. First of all, major kudos go to writer/director Brian Cavallaro (Against The Night, The Last Movie Star), for making a coherent film on a $10,000 budget. People spend more than…

Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

All the Nominees for the Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

  The inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards will recognize movies and TV shows in the critically under appreciated genres of Superhero, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, Action and Animation. The Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the nominees for the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards, a special event honoring the most popular, fan-obsessed genres across both television and…

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HILLBILLY ELEGY Review — A Serviceable Vehicle for Award-Worthy Performances

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Hillbilly Elegy review says performances by Amy Adams and Glenn Close are sure to strum up Oscar attention. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis was written by J. D. Vance, a story of addiction, relationships, one family’s take on  Appalachian values, and overcoming incredible odds. The book…

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REBECCA Review — Lush, Lovely and Intriguing

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s Rebecca review says this new take on an Oscar winning classic does not disappoint. It’s a daunting task to attempt a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Best Picture winning 1940 classic starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. I’m giving writer/director Ben Wheatley major credit for even going near the project, and crafting his own…

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Review — The Whole World is Watching

In her The Trial of the Chicago 7 review, Lisa Johnson Mandell says the Aaron Sorkin written and directed film will be an instant classic. It isn’t easy these days to make a fresh, riveting and resonant legal drama. Some of cinema’s most memorable films have focused on trials (To Kill a Mockingbird, Judgement at…

the Glorias review

THE GLORIAS Review — An Engaging Long Look at the Life of a Feminist Icon

Lisa Johnson Mandell’s The Glorias review says director and co-writer Julie Taymor brings a fanciful, artsy twist to an important biopic.  I wasn’t old enough to be aware of Gloria Steinem’s both celebrated and vilified efforts on behalf of women’s rights. I do remember being lectured, at a conservative church girls’ camp, about the dangers of…

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TENET Review — a Time Travel Thriller with a Spy Flick Twist

In her Tenet review, Staci Layne Wilson says director Christopher Nolan shows why he’s the master of sci-fi. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen if you dare. Writer-director Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) used to be known for his mind-bending, time-twisting brain-busters (think: Memento and The Prestige) – then he scored the Superman and Batman franchises…

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Nomadland Review — Stunningly Subtle and Sublime

Film Nominations for the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards Announced

THE MIDNIGHT SKY Review — George Clooney’s Latest Launches Beauty, Emotion, Suspense

32 WEEKS Review — An Unforgettable Millennial Amnesia Drama

All the Nominees for the Inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards

HILLBILLY ELEGY Review — A Serviceable Vehicle for Award-Worthy Performances

REBECCA Review — Lush, Lovely and Intriguing

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Review — The Whole World is Watching

THE GLORIAS Review — An Engaging Long Look at the Life of a Feminist Icon

TENET Review — a Time Travel Thriller with a Spy Flick Twist