Friday, February 3, 2017

Movie Reviews: “Lion,” "Elle" & "Jackie"

   Rated PG-13

Five year-old Saroo is lost after mistakenly taking a train across India. After being adopted and raised by an Australian couple, he searches for his birth family using Google earth technology.

Based on a true story, Saroo’s adventure is captivating. A loving movie that showcases the best of human nature, Lion will warm your heart.

   Rated R

A successful businesswoman is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, and the event changes her life. After her home is broken into for a second time, she takes matters into her own hands.

Note: Elle is a French film with English subtitles. Complicated, violent and unpredictable, Elle is fascinating. The main character is difficult and unlikeable, but as her story unfolds, the viewer learns about the events that shaped her life. Elle is a film for adults who are comfortable with the unconventional.

   Rated R

Jackie is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s story about the days immediately following her husband’s assassination and how she established her late husband’s legacy.

Until I saw this film, I knew little about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, mostly that she had a privileged upbringing, was known for her poise and had extravagant taste. Jackie showed that she was a cunning, disciplined woman whose mission was to establish and maintain her husband’s reputation.

Jackie is an remarkable film, and Natalie Portman’s exceptional performance is the cherry on the sundae. If you have any interest in the Kennedy’s, Jackie is the film for you.

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