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Film: Boondocks Film Society

In the three or so years I’ve lived in Salisbury, I’ve made some amazing friends, none of whom happen to be under the age of 40. Generally, I’m okay with that. When I need a dose of millennial drama, I can pack a duffel on a Friday night and trek down to New York or Philly, where most of my 20-something friends live, spend the weekend analyzing our uncertain futures and eating too much lox (my squad knows how to rage), then return to my hermitage in the woods on Sunday, hungover and mostly grateful for the quiet life I lead. 

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The Great Actor’s Last Film

Movies: 'Phantom Thread ’

Daniel Day-Lewis does not act roles, he inhabits them. Now, in his self-proclaimed last movie role, he is Reynolds Woodcock, a famous couturier to the rich and famous in London’s extravagant post-World War II in Paul Thomas Anderson’s gorgeous meditation on the tyranny of creativity, “Phantom Thread.”

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Kindness and Decency Win

Movies: ‘Paddington 2’

‘Paddington 2” recently became the best reviewed movie in Rotten Tomatoes’ history. Ousting “Toy Story 2” from the top spot — 167 “fresh” reviews to 163 — the return of the little bear from “Darkest Peru” is a delight for movie lovers and audiences seeking a film that focuses on kindness, decency and good manners in these incredibly unkind and indecent times. 

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A True Story?

Movies: 'The Post'

Let’s begin with the good stuff. 
The Post is a movie that is absolutely ideal for the time we are living in. It makes you feel good. There is nothing wrong with that. We desperately need a big story with a happy ending.
The good guys win, and the hero is a woman. What a terrific antidote to these terrible times of Trump. A movie that is made by Stephen Spielberg is one you know will not disappoint.
The cast is first rate.

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Sorkin’s Film Debut A Brash Biopic

Movie: ‘Molly’s Game’

Jessica Chastain is a full-throttle actress: She charges into every screen role full speed ahead. Her no-holds-barred acting is exciting, powerful; each of her characters is informed by her intelligence in bringing them to life, whether in “The Help,” “The Martian” or “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

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Liquid Love

Movie: ‘The Shape of Water’

Go with the flow in Guillermo del Toro’s magical fantasy, “The Shape of Water,” and you will be immersed in a world of greenish light, of settings that seem perpetually wet, of dark hallways and faces — many worried — caught in shadow. This is a world informed by del Toro’s nostalgic love of movies, beginning with “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” and including everything from the faded red-velvet glory of an old movie house to tap dancing inspired by a Betty Grable movie.

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Pure Romance, Just In Time

Movies: ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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Coming of Age, Heartbreak Included

Movie: ‘Lady Bird’

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McDormand Triumphs

Movie: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Writer-director Martin McDonagh could not have foreseen that his new film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” would be released at a time when we are bombarded with stories of female abuse by important men in entertainment and government, of rampant racism, of law enforcement improprieties; a time when moral reckoning is being demanded.

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Beautiful, Magical, Empty

Movie: ‘Wonderstruck’

‘Wonderstruck’ is a movie you will want to like. And maybe you will. After all, what could be wrong with the gentle story of two deaf children, separated by 50 years in time, both running away to New York City to find a parent? Tedium and inertia for starters.

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