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The Upside

USA, 2017. dir. Neil Burger, 125 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens January 11, 2019 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

Based on a true story, this comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man (Bryan Cranston) with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him is a pretty interesting picture, especially with comedian Kevin Hart as the unemployed man on parole. Full review

 

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Vox Lux

USA, 2018. dir. Brady Corbet, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Date and Venue Opens Jan 10, 2019 at Rio Theatre, Vancouver

Reviewer Ed Farolan

In an interview, Natalie Portman mentions how she idolized Madonna as a pop star in her teenage years, and wished she´d become one. That´s why she grabbed the opportunity to play a pop star. It was actually Rooney Mara who was to play the role but she backed out. Full review

 

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Second Act

USA, 2018. dir. Peter Segal. 103 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens December 21, 2018 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This is the typical JLo film where an ambitious poor girl gets either a rich guy to marry (Maid in Manhattan) or gets rich herself (the latter is the topic in this film). Full review

 

 

 

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Ben Is Back

USA, 2018. dir. Peter Hedges, 103 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens December 14, 2018. Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

In this film, Peter Hedges directs his son, Lucas Hedges, who plays Ben, a drug addicted teenage boy who shows up unexpectedly at his family's home on Christmas Eve. I like this film; it kept me interested from beginning till the end. Julia Roberts who plays the mom of Ben is fabulous; you could see her emotions in her facial expressions, especially on close-ups. Full review

 

 

 

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At Eternity's Gate

UK/USA/FRANCE, 2018. dir. Julian Scnabel, 110 mins.

Distributor: Elevation Pictures

Dates and Venues Opens November 2018 Various Select Cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

There have been a lot of films and documentaries about Vincent Van Gogh, and even songs ("Starry, Starry Night"). Each one interprets his life differently. In this case, Schnabel focuses on the paintings and takes a different biopic approach. In fact, in his interpretation, Van Gogh cut his ear because his friend Gaugin left him to go back to Paris, instead of the common belief that he cut it for a prostitute. Schnabel also interprets his death not as a suicide but a homicide by a group of boys. Full review

 

 

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The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova

USA 2018. Dir: Zack Bernbaum. 102 mins. Opens December Various select cinemas

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This film is somewhat funny in a tragic sort of way. It's about two siblings who are sent on a fool's errand to a small town in Poland. They are compelled to go at the urging of their grandmother, their "bubbie," who is dying, to find the remains of her dog who died sometime before WWII. Full review

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The House with a Clock in its Walls

USA, 2018. dir. Eli Roth. 105 mins.

Distributor: Unversal Pictures

Date and Venue DVD/ On Demand December 18, 2018 Cable TV

Reviewer Ed Farolan

This delightfully thrilling tale of a mysterious house where things, including the inhabitants, are not what they seem to be,arrives on Digital on November 27, 2018, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on December 18, 2018. Based on the classic children’s book, this is a funny but at the same time scary film for both children and adults. Full review