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Wonderstruck

wonderstruck

Two movies with Julianne Moore, four performances. Yes, this is her second film I saw in as many days with dual performances. Directed by visual auteur Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Carol), Wonderstruck unfolds two narratives, seemingly disconnected: one set in the 20s, where a young deaf girl runs away from home seeking out a famous actress, and one in the 70s, where a young boy runs away in search of the father he never knew. Obviously, there is a thematic connection between the stories, and stronger ties are eventually revealed.

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Suburbicon

SUBURBICON

Despite the fact that they co-wrote it, or at least the first draft, this movie still feels like Coen Brothers fan fiction. It takes the big pieces that usually fit within a Coen brothers’ movie, cast the right actors, balance an awkward tone, but the sum of the parts here just don’t add up to much. Part of the problem is that I’d seen the trailer too many times, and it really sells a completely different movie than the one you get, and perhaps without that baggage I may have been a bit more forgiving to the end product, but not by much.

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