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FilmWeek: Our Reviews Of ‘Miss Juneteenth,’ ‘Disclosure,’ ‘My Dear Vivian’ And More

A still from the drama "Miss Juneteenth." (Vertical Entertainment)
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Every week, Larry Mantle, who also hosts our newsroom's longtime public affairs show AirTalk, and KPCC film critics spend an hour talking about new films.

This week, Christy Lemire, Tim Cogshell and Peter Rainer join Larry to review this weekend’s new movie releases and share some of their recommendations:

“Miss Juneteenth”

  • Drive-in theaters (Mission Tiki, Van Buren, Vineland) & digital (iTunes, Google Play, FandangoNOW, Vudu)

Here’s Tim’s review:
“This is what one might call a thoughtful entertainment -- well done, full of meaningful content, the history of Juneteenth, it tells us a mother-daughter-baby daddy story. But none of it ever feels truly dire. It’s no Beale Street. But there’s a bit of drama. It’s perhaps a little familiar, a little tried-and-true, and it has its little histories it wants to tell you. I didn’t mind them at all, and I love the time and place of it.”

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  • Available on Netflix

Christy said this:
“Very enlightening, and it makes you go back and revisit movies and TV shows through a totally different prism and realize ‘Oh, maybe that wasn’t all that funny after all.’ Things like ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ and part of [Buffalo Bill’s] villainy was taking on a woman’s form…and then the history of comedy and putting a man in women’s clothing and how that’s instantly a buffoonery. It’s never a source of strength, it’s a source of ridicule. It’s kind of dizzying -- so many different angles and voices -- and I learned a lot.”

“My Darling Vivian”

Peter’s review:
“It’s a sort of reclamation project to restore [Johnny Cash’s] first wife [Vivian Liberto] to some kind of prominence and not just an asterisk in his career. The one lack of this movie, despite all of the tremendous amount of letters and home footage and videos and an amazing trove of archival stuff is you don’t hear her voice at all except at the very end, on an interview in a newsreel. Given that we all know what Johnny Cash sounds like, it seems very negligent that we don’t hear her voice till the very end.”

Listen above to hear more in-depth reviews of these films and more:



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