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City Island Review


Very Good
This drama feels a little contrived due to the sheer number of issues faced by one family over a short period of time. But it's so refreshingly well-acted, with lively characters and some fairly outrageous situations, that it keeps us fully engaged.

Vince and Joyce (Garcia and Margulies) have a tempestuous but loving marriage, even though Vince has a couple of very big secrets. But then so do their son and daughter (Miller and Garcia-Lorido). First up is the fact that Vince has an adult son from an earlier relationship, Tony (Strait), whom he invites to live with the family without telling anyone who Tony really is. Including Tony.

Vince is also secretly taking acting lessons, and a fellow student (Mortimer) encourages him to go for a big audition. Which might be one secret too many.

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Mrs. Palfrey At The Claremont Review


Very Good
One of the sweetest stories of intergenerational friendship you'll ever see, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont will jerk a few tears and leave you feeling warm all over as it tells the tale of the unlikely relationship between an aged widow and the 26-year-old man who befriends her. That isn't to say it's overly corny. The film casts a harsh light on the loneliness of old age and serves as a powerful reminder that the neglect of the elderly is one of society's greatest cruelties. Watch this film, and you'll run for the phone to call your grandmother.

Mrs. Palfrey (Dame Joan Plowright) has decided to settle into the two-star Claremont Hotel in London's Lancaster Gate in order to be closer to her grandson and to assert a final bit of independence before her inevitable final decline. The rather dreary establishment turns out to be populated by a handful of lonely old-timers who sit solo at their assigned tables in the dining room and check each other out. Their main amusement seems to be gossiping about each other.

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Wild Flowers Review


Bad
When ex-hippie commune kid Cally (DuVall) spots older ex-hippie Sabine (Hannah) at a music festival, she becomes instantly and inexplicably fascinated with the woman. Callie then decides Sabine might be her mom. Huh? After 90 minutes of bizarre and incomprehensible photographic tricks, flash-arounds, and an utter lack of any story development at all, you'll probably end up like me, bored numb in your chair, wondering where your afternoon vanished to. Slapped together with spit and a prayer, Wild Flowers is utterly hopeless as cinema, filled with atrocious acting from Hannah and an especially frightening Eric Roberts, and a nearly comatose star in DuVall, who sleepwalks through the whole movie. Not that I blame her.

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