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March 22, 2024

ANATOMY OF A FALL — CANNES 2023

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ColeSmithey.com"Pueblo chico, infierno grande" translates to small town, big hell.

Such is the remote French community of Grenoble that German outsider Sandra Voyter (Sandra Hüller) finds herself when her troubled husband Samuel Maleski seemingly commits suicide.

The townspeople refuse to accept that their hometown boy could have offed himself. The interloper wife must have murdered Samuel (played by Samuel Theis).

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This is one brilliantly written and directed courtroom drama.

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Sandra is a successful author, Samuel is a university lecturer; jealousy rattles the relationship.

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Sharp dialogue and tricky plot twists keep you on the hook.

"Anatomy of a Fall" won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2023, so you know you're in for a treat.

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Sandra Hüller gives a riveting performance in this slow-burn drama.

Ice is the only thing in the world that is what it's cracked up to be, until blood melts it, that is.

Rated R. 151 mins.

5 Stars

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March 10, 2024

AMERICAN FICTION

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ColeSmithey.com2023 stands as perhaps the best year for satire.

"American Fiction" puts a fine point on that fact with a laugh-out-loud movie that covers a lot of satirical ground.

First time writer/director Cord Jefferson adapts Percival Everett's 2001 novel "Erasure" with snappy results.

Jeffrey Wright plays Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, a black fiction writer fed up with the state of black writers publishing books that pander to downtrodden black stereotypes.

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Job and family troubles send Monk on a journey toward a new chapter of self-fulfillment and improved personal relations with friends and family.

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"American Fiction" joins 2023's list of truly inspiring films that prove Cinema is far from dead despite Hollywood's worst efforts over the past 20 years.

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May there never be another comic book movie, and plenty more great movies from Cord Jefferson.

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Three cheers for "American Fiction."

Perfection.

Rated R. 105 mins.

5 Stars

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THE HOLDOVERS

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ColeSmithey.comAlexander Payne sets up a '60s era social satire that tips its hat to "The Graduate" in style, and in tone.

That's a very good thing.

Social media groupthink and MeToo victim mentality get a proper roasting.

Paul Giamatti is never better than as Paul Hunham, a private school professor with more experiences than he can remember.

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Newcomer Dominic Sessa makes an auspicious debut as Angus Tully, the student burdened with being chaperoned by Professor Hunham during a long cold winter break on the school campus.

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"The Holdovers" should become a holiday movie classic for audiences to return to every Thanksgiving to keep some perspective on human nature, hypocrisy, and the importance of having a warm heart and a calm mind.

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Long live Paul Giamatti!

Rated R. 133 mins.

5 Stars

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