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MR. ROOSEVELT (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

Mr. Roosevelt, written, directed, and starring Noël Wells, is a quirky comedy that follows struggling comedian, “Emily Martin.” Brought back to her hometown by the death of her cat, Mr. Roosevelt, Emily discovers everything has changed while she is still the same person she was. (EBT: 4/5)

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TAKE EVERY WAVE: THE LIFE OF LAIRD HAMILTON (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton explores the infamous daredevil, Laird Hamilton, in an attempt to unlock the secret behind Laird’s insatiable appetite for the ocean and the dangerous waves it creates.Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton explores the infamous daredevil, Laird Hamilton, in an attempt to unlock the secret behind Laird’s insatiable appetite for the ocean and the dangerous waves it creates.Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton explores the infamous daredevil, Laird Hamilton, in an attempt to unlock the secret behind Laird’s insatiable appetite for the ocean and the dangerous waves it creates. (EBT: 5/5)

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HOME AGAIN (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

An endearing rom com about “Alice’s” (Reese Witherspoon) journey to become whole again after uprooting her family and turning forty. After a wild night out, Alice brings home three, much younger men. Her unexpected houseguests become an unlikely support system as Alice struggles to find balance in her new life. (EBT: 3.5/5)

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AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

Full Title = An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, picks up where the 2006 Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, leaves off. The powerful sequel follows longtime climate activist, Al Gore, as he continues his mission to educate the world about climate […]

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LADY MACBETH (2016): Review by Elyse Thaler

Based on the 1865 Russian novella, “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” by Nikolai Leskov, and adapted for the screen by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is a chilling period drama about “Katherine’s” (Florence Pugh) loveless marriage to “Alexander” (Paul Hilton), the metaphorical chains he attempts to put on her body and her spirit, and her tumultuous affair […]

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THE BIG SICK (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

The Big Sick, written by real life husband and wife team Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, is based on the true story of how “Kumail” (as himself) met and fell in love with “Emily” (Zoe Kazan) while performing stand-up in Chicago. They begin their love story, but secrets and Kumail’s obligation to his parents […]

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SNATCHED

Snatched, written by Katie Dippold, is a heartwarming yet outrageous comedy about mother/daughter pair, “Linda Middleton” (Goldie Hawn) and “Emily Middleton” (Amy Schumer) who, unsuspecting of a handsome stranger, get abducted while on vacation in South America. It was supposed to be a mother/daughter bonding trip in Ecuador, but once they become the target of […]

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UNFORGETTABLE (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

Unforgettable, directed and produced by Denise Di Novi, is a dramatic thriller about a woman, “Julia Banks” (Rosario Dawson), who relocates to Southern California only to be tormented by her fiancée’s ex-wife, “Tessa Connover” (Katherine Heigl). Tessa digs into Julia’s past to find the one thing that could potentially destroy her: an abusive ex-boyfriend that […]

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PHILLAURI

Phillauri, written by Anvita Dutt Guptan, is a film of two love stories that take place nearly a century apart. In present day, a young man named “Kanan” (Suraj Sharma), returns home to India to marry his high school sweetheart, “Anu” (Mehreen Pirzada).  Kanan’s self-doubt starts to worry Anu that the wedding might not happen. […]

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A UNITED KINGDOM (2016): Review by Elyse Thaler

A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante (best known for the 2013 film Belle), is based on the true story of the marriage of Seretse Khama from Bechuanaland (now the nation of Botswana) and his English wife Ruth Williams. Their love does not come without a fight as they must both battle against the racism […]

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THE RED PILL (2016): Review by Elyse Thaler

The Red Pill follows director Cassie Jaye on her journey of uncovering the truth behind the polarizing Men’s Rights Movement. Throughout the film, she seeks out perspectives from all sides. Jaye begins the documentary identifying as a feminist herself; however, after hearing other points of view, will she remain one? (EBT: 4.5/5)

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