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Articles by Diana Beechener

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a legend and a feminist icon; Which makes this middling biopic more the shame

      On paper, Ruth Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) seemed a rising lawyer marked for success. One of the first women accepted into Harvard Law School, she was the head of her class and made Law Review. But in the 1950s’ legal climate, Ginsburg ranked as either a nasty know-it-all the men wouldn’t like or a pretty lady the lawyer-wives would see as a threat....

Two lovers battle nearly impossible odds to reconnect from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain

     After World War II, Poland is a wrecked nation trying to regroup under Soviet occupation. To remind his countryfolk of their cultural greatness, composer Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) sponsors a trip into the country to learn about traditional folk music and dance. With government agent Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc), he forms a folk arts troop celebrating Polish traditions. 
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A fantastic change from the usual gobbledygook of the Transformers franchise
      In 1987, the Autobots rose up to rid their home planet, Cybertron, of the evil Decepticons. It wasn’t looking good so the Autobot B-127 was dispatched to Earth to scout a safe relocation spot. B-127 is promptly spotted by the U.S. Army and the Decepticons. Injured, and with failing batteries, he transforms into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and hopes for rescue.
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A moving true story gets too schmaltzy and becomes an endurance test for the audience

      The victim of a brutal hate crime, Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) survives with amnesia, crippling physical delays and PTSD. The once-talented illustrator can barely hold a pen. He’s plagued with nightmares, pops pills and hides at home.
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Brilliant performances can’t save this smug political satire

      Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) should have been a drunken lineman in Wyoming who lived an entirely unremarkable life. But through fate and a corrupt political system, he became the most powerful man in the world for eight years.
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A love letter to the achievement and tragedy of a great artist
     In 1888, Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) wearied of the Paris art scene. The Impressionists want all artists to see as they do, no one buys his paintings and he hates the grey light of the city. Depression and mania are rising; even with the support of his brother, he can’t find his footing. 
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Bay Weekly Moviegoer’s not-so-traditional takes on what to watch in the holiday season

      Movie-makers love the holiday season as much as you do. It’s a Wonderful Life and The Grinch are the bare tip of the iceberg. To take you far beneath the surface, I offer a sampler of 10 that prove the winter holidays can be an ideal backdrop for all genres. Take my challenge and dip beneath the surface … 
 
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Three women fight for power and position in this fascinating dramedy
      In the early 18th century, Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) doesn’t want to be bothered with financing a war or running her country. Suffering from gout and fear of being unloved, she prefers to stay in her chambers, shouting at servants and playing with her 17 rabbits — one for each child she’s lost. 
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Videogame characters discover the World Wide Web and the meaning of friendship

      After finding a friend and his place in the world, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly: Stan and Ollie) thinks he has it all. His daily routine has two parts. When the arcade is open, he’s super villain Ralph who wrecks a building in an old-school 8-bit game. When the arcade closes, he meets his best friend, racer Vanellope (Sarah Silverman: I Love You America), for a few pints of root beer. 
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Nazis conscript the dead in this clever horror movie
      On the eve of D-Day, the Allied Forces are hopeful of bringing the Second World War to an end. Standing in the way of success is the most powerful German radio tower in France. To knock it out, a squad of paratrooper goes behind enemy lines.
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