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    Sundance 2015: ‘Brooklyn’ a sincere portrayal of the difficulty of a young woman’s decisions

    John Crowley’s Brooklyn (based on the novel by Colm Tóibín, screenplay by Nick Hornby) is a sweeping romantic epic that emphasizes the power of the protagonist over her own life, a rarity in a woman’s story. Eilis (Saoirse Ronan of Hanna and The Grand Budapest Hotel) moves to Brooklyn, New York from small town Ireland to escape the oppressive nature of her traditional home and demanding heritage. Although she loves her mother and sister, she slowly forges a new path in America for herself. Ronan skillfully draws out excruciating homesickness, the excitement of new emotional bonds, and the first steps of confidence in a positive direction with a pained poise. More

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    ‘Wild’ looks lovely but leaves you longing

    Wild is a mildly-satisfying travelogue through one woman’s troubled life that never quite delivers the catharsis it promises. Reese Witherspoon gives a brave, physically-demanding performance, despite her character’s unconvincing psychological transformation. Director Jean-Marc Vallée deftly intertwines our hero’s tragic past with her epic hike along the Pacific coast, but neither informs one another on an emotional level. The result is a beautiful looking film that feels lonelier than a desolate mountain pass. More

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    There’s something to be ‘Wild’ about with Reese Witherspoon’s magnetic performance

    In the wake of tragic events that include her inevitable divorce from affable husband Paul (Thomas Sadoski), the heart-wrenching death of her free-spirited mother Bobbi (Laura Dern), sour memories of a chaotic childhood with her younger brother that featured an abusive stepfather (as well as heroin addiction and random reckless sexual encounters), native Minnesotan Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon) sets out to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail as a therapeutic means to confront her heavy disillusionment. We witness the determined hotel-bound Cheryl trying to handle her overstuffed backpack (later to be nicknamed “Monster”) that is perched on her petite shoulders and back. And so she sets off, ready to embark on a mission to walk off her major angst-ridden hostilities and heartache in the trying trail that lies ahead. More

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    Reese Witherspoon goes ‘Wild’ in new trailer

    Jean-Marc Vallée last year led Matthew McConaughey to an Oscar with Dallas Buyers Club, and his follow-up Wild looks to have the potential to do the same for Reese Witherspoon. In the first trailer for the film, Witherspoon plays weary traveler Cheryl Strayed, a woman who walked over a thousand miles on a solo hike […] More

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    Sound On Sight Radio Rewind: #160 – The Trotsky

    The Festival de Nouveau Cinéma has begun in earnest, and nobody is more excited than we are. In this hour, Mariko, Al and Simon take on a few of the fest’s initial offerings, including the widely praised and Nick Hornby-penned An Education, which is widely considered an Oscar fruntrunner – call it the Atonement slot. […] More