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Touching tribute to troubled Van Gogh

Loving Vincent a stunning tribute to artist Vincent Van Gogh’s life and creativity. The story is told entirely through 12 of his own paintings; unlike any Van Gogh film before it, this is a production the world didn’t know it needed. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, it is the first film in cinematic…

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The real story of the actual Frankenstein

Mary Shelley tells the true story of 18-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) who falls for famous poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth,) and the spiral that brought Wollstonecraft-Godwin’s novel Frankenstein to life. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour – a feminist-icon in her own right – who is recognized as the first female Saudi-Arabian filmmaker. As the daughter…

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Catching air

Jiro dreams of airplanes. (Press image)

Spirited away, Ponyo,  and other kid-friendly releases from the beloved Studio Ghibli  must have lured me into a comfortable, safe world of fantasy and family foibles, because the latest film from animation icon Hayao Miyazaki is a harshly real sting of cold water in the face of such pleasantries. A highly fictionalized biography of engineer…

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