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Downton Edith

Downton Abbey

Has it really been FOUR YEARS since we’ve seen our beloved Crawleys and their equally beloved downstairs staff? The Downton Abbey movie starts with everyone just as we left them, jumping just slightly ahead to 1927, with news of an unexpected and very exciting overnight visit to Downton by King George V and Queen Mary! […]

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Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it’s 1969, and actor Rick Dalton (Leo DiCaprio), a former television Western star, is struggling to maintain his celebrity status while his companion, longtime Dalton stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), is struggling to find work. The two men are becoming industry relics as the 60s close — Cliff […]

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Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale

SIFF Take: The Nightingale

The Nightingale focuses on the historical nightmare of the British colonization of Tasmania and The Black War, which led to the genocide of Aboriginal Australians. The story follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), an Irish convict who is brutalized over and over again by the British soldier, Hawkins (Sam Claflin), who “owns” her. After Hawkins takes away […]

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The Hummingbird Project - L to R - Salma Hayek, Alexander Skarsgård, Jesse Eisenberg

The Hummingbird Project

“You really are so f*cking boring.” – Salma Hayek as Eva Torres I mean. That pretty much sums up this movie. The Hummingbird Project is about two cousins: Vicent (Jesse Eisenberg, Eisenberg’ing as hard he possibly can), and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård, balding and *slightly* pot-bellied – aka shocking his many fans by playing outside his […]

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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher Josh Hamilton

Eighth Grade: A perfect picture of teen angst

It’s totally weird to watch a movie where you identify with both parent and kid — but that’s where I was at while watching Bo Burnham’s superb Eighth Grade: simultaneously identifying with, and tbh, crushing on, goofy, lovable dad Mark (Josh Hamilton) and feeling the extreme, angsty pain of Kayla (Elsie Fisher – goodgod THIS […]

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Kristen Schaal and Vera Farmiga in Shana Feste's feature Boundaries

SIFF Take: Boundaries

In Boundaries, writer and director Shana Feste introduces us to Laura (Vera Farmiga): a woman working through some serious family boundary issues, and a rescuer of animals with special needs. Like, a LOT of them. Just when she’s feeling ready to be more independent, two things happen: her son, Henry, (Lewis MacDougall) gets kicked out […]

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Sophia Mitri Schloss in Megan Griffiths' Sadie. Photo by: TJ Williams Jr.

SIFF 2018 Preview: Northwest Connections

Who’s ready for another batch of films connected to the Puget Sound region? SIFF’s Northwest Connections program celebrates cinema filmed in and around Seattle, as well as homegrown filmmakers, cinematographers, and local actors. Y’all know I’m a big fan of Megan Griffith’s films, and I am SUPER excited to finally see Sadie, her dark drama […]

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the beguiled

The Beguiled

The plot of The Beguiled is a recipe for the perfect Gothic thriller: drop a wounded soldier from the North into the laps of seven bored and lonely Southern women stranded in a girl’s school during the Civil War, mix in a shitload of jealously, and see what happens. Young Amy {Oona Laurence – goodgod […]

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