Movie Diary 11/15/2016

A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016). The Spanish filmmaker who did The Orphanage and The Impossible, with a theme about life and stories and accepting things – a fruitful topic, to be sure. But is a good theme a good movie? (full review 1/6)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). What could follow Lonergan’s Margaret? A tough act, but the filmmaker is on familiar ground (if not quite as on fire) with this story of an embittered man (Casey Affleck) called to take it up a notch. Which he might not be able to do, the usual movie outline to the contrary. (full review 12/4)

Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamente, 2016). A Guatemalan tale, set next to a volcano. The plot has some age-old contours, but the setting certainly makes it seem fresh. (full review 11/18)

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