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DARKEST HOUR film review by Cate Marquis

– By Cate Marquis – Gary Oldman gives an amazing performance as Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright DARKEST HOUR, a riveting drama about Churchill and the earliest darkest days of World War II, as Britain faced the crisis of Dunkirk and invasion by Hitler loomed. The film is an admirable work, a mix of […]

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MENASHE film review

– By Cate Marquis –   MENASHE is a heartfelt Yiddish-language drama about a widowed Hasidic Jewish father man trying to regain custody of his son. Director Joshua Weinstein gives us an intriguing glimpse inside New York’s Hasidic community, although it is not always an affectionate one. Still, this is an excellent little film that […]

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LADY MACBETH film review

– By Cate Marquis –   Director William Oldroyd’s LADY MACBETH is not Shakespeare but it is certainly Shakespearean in its bloody mix of murder and sex. The story is not about Shakespeare’s murderously ambitious character but is based on a 19th century Russian novel, “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District” by Nikolai Leskov, inspired […]

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THE HERO film review

– By Cate Marquis – Sometimes one role can define an actor’s career. Sam Elliott plays such an actor in late life, facing his own mortality and coming to grips with his life and career, in the sometimes funny, sometimes touching drama THE HERO. THE HERO is an intimate personal drama that draws on universal […]

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BEATRIZ AT DINNER film review – by Mark Glass

I confess to being predisposed to admire films in which an actress who rose to stardom largely on her beauty dives into a role that seriously downplays, if not obscures, the looks that made her famous. The most stunning conversion along those lines was Charlize Theron’s adopted dumpiness for her Oscar-winning role in Monster.  Before […]

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MEGAN LEAVEY film review

– By Cate Marquis – MEGAN LEAVEY is a true story-based drama about young woman whose close bond with a dog changes both of their lives. Although the young woman is a Marine serving in Iraq and the dog is her bomb-sniffing teammate, this really is a touching dog story rather than a war story. […]

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THE ROYALE at Rep theater review

THE ROYALE scores a knockout for the Rep’s Studio -By Cate Marquis – The Repertory Theater of St. Louis finishes out the Studio season for its 50th anniversary with a knock-out punch of a drama, THE ROYALE. The play was inspired by the real boxer Jack Johnson, who became the first African American to captured […]

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THE SENSE OF AN ENDING film review

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING explores flaws of memory in memorable personal drama – By Cate Marquis – Memory is a funny thing. One can feel so certain of one’s own memories that it is jarring when others’ recollection of events does not match. The tricks of memory are at the heart of the unforgettable […]

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ALL MY SONS theater review

Rep’s ALL MY SONS is Miller’s searing, must-see drama about post-WWII America and the American Dream   – By Cate Marquis –   We tend to think of post-World War II America in sunny, idyllic terms. The “greatest generation” defeated the Nazis, the GIs came home to settle down and start the baby boom, and […]

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