Review: The Starling, in which Melissa McCarthy gets serious

The Starling needs a pro vs. con scoresheet for its uneven story. The pros come in the form of a really lovely cast who make the material as good as possible. The cons are that the story is overly sentimental and employs knock-you-over-the-head symbolism to tell the tale. It’s streaming on Netflix. There is a big spoiler ahead.

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Together Together, but not like that

Together Together is about a couple who spend a few intense months together, but they aren’t together together. It’s a story of the slow growth of respect and friendship between two people who are connected out of necessity, not love. This film is available on Hulu.

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Review: Thousand Pieces of Gold

Thousand Pieces of Gold, newly restored in 4K and re-released after 30 years, is a wild west romance about Chinese immigration. It was directed by Nancy Kelly adapted from a fact based novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn. Anne Makepeace wrote the screenplay. Pretty dang good women-cred for 1990!

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Review: The Laundromat

The Laundromat isn’t a narrative. It isn’t a documentary. It isn’t a Vaudeville act. But it comes close to all those in an eccentric effort to explain the vast trail of emptiness behind the revelations in the Panama Papers.

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