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Friday, November 6, 2015

Movie Reviews: Suffragette, Miss You Already, Peanuts Movie, Spectre

Also: Labyrinth of Lies, Tab Hunter Confidential

Posted By on November 6, 2015, 9:57 AM

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Familiar faces like James Bond and Charlie Brown hit the multiplexes, while true stories of historical injustice are among the art-house offerings.
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The fact-based stories of agitators for women's voting rights in England fuel Suffragette (pictured), but it's better as melodrama making, us feel good about being on the right side of history, than it is as drama. Labyrinth of Lies takes a similar fictionalizing approach to Germany's struggle in the 1950s and 1960s to confront its Nazi history, and similarly succumbs to sloppy, ingratiating storytelling. The documentary Tab Hunter Confidential is fascinating when looking at the Hollywood marketing machine that created a heartthrob while hiding his homosexuality, but proves less interesting when letting its subject talk about the rest of his life.

MaryAnn Johanson wishes that the James Bond adventure Spectre had maintained the momentum of its brilliant opening, instead of falling back on nostalgia and a thin, trite story. The wonderful chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, and the honest portrayal of female friendship, elevates the lovely comedy-drama Miss You Already.

In this week's feature review, the charming, gentle big-screen The Peanuts Movie earns the right to be referred to as "by Schulz."

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