‘Sisters’ is raunchy, raw and rather entertaining

Given what we’ve seen Tina Fey and Amy Poehler accomplish over the past few years; given even a mediocre script, the expectation would be a funny film when the two are the leads in a project.  Sisters, a film from the very talented director of Pitch Perfect  (I’d have given it a better review than TailSlate’s other critic did) does a bit better than just funny.  Probably because screenwriter Paula Pell knows how to use both words and visuals to generate laughter.

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‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ amazes, and enthralls

On May 25, 1977 in only 42 theaters, what we now know as ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” opened.  Its writer/director George Lucas was so convinced that it would not be a hit, he traded a small portion of his percentage of the movie’s profits to his friend Stephen Spielberg for an equal percentage of Spielberg’s profits from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  In spite of the fact that Spielberg’s film was successful, he definitely got the best of that deal.

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If only ‘The Letters’ were as compelling as the life of its subject

 

The Letters is a film about how a cloistered nun serving as a teacher in a convent in India became one of the most famous nuns in the history of the planet.  We know her today as Mother Teresa but she was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, which was part of the Ottoman Empire when she was born.  The film begins with her becoming a nun and soon moves forward to 1946 when then Sister Teresa was teaching at a convent school in Calcutta.  This was at the time when the conflict between Hindus and Muslims roiled the entire area.

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