Review: Certain Women

Originally published on CommonSpace.

Certain Women follows certain women doing certain things. Laura Dern’s Laura has been putting up with a client’s protestations for eight months, believing he’s been ripped off by a settlement; Michelle Williams’ Gina is undermined and undervalued despite leading the way with plans to build a home for her family; Lily Gladstone’s Jamie is a lone rancher who attends a night class about school law taught by Kristen Stewart’s Beth.

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Review: Manchester by the Sea

A winter movie if ever there was one, Manchester by the Sea is as cold as its snowy setting. Certain other likely Oscar contenders are easy to love, but the story of a man struggling to cope both with past personal tragedy and the death of his brother is a solemn affair.

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