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FilmWeek: Our Reviews Of ‘Shirley,’ ‘Spelling The Dream,’ ‘Dykes, Camera, Action!’ And More Movies You Can Stream From Home

Michael Stuhlberg and Elisabeth Moss in "Shirley" (Thatcher Keats/NEON)
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Every week Larry Mantle, who also hosts our newsroom's longtime public affairs show AirTalk, and spends an hour talking about new films with KPCC film critics.

This week, Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein join Larry to review this weekend’s new movie releases and share some of their recommendations:


Here’s Tim’s review:
“What’s great about this movie is just the pace of it, and the acting, particularly of Elisabeth Moss, who is just endlessly wonderful in everyting she does. But also young Odessa Young and Logan Lerman -- very, very good in this movie. You can count on Michael Stuhlberg, all the time. But just a very, very creepy film, and in a certain way, a horror film of its own.”

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"Spelling the Dream"

  • Available on Netflix

Lael says:
“The characters in the film are so unique that you just sort of fall in love with them... what’s fascinating is not just the portraits of the families that are presented but the discussion of why and how becoming adept at spelling is sort of endemic to the Indian-American population because of their mastery of a multiplicity of languages from a very young age in their homeland.”

"Dykes, Camera, Action!"

Here’s what Tim had to say:
“Sometimes we forget that as gay cinema rose in the culture, we mostly associated it with men... and very often with the AIDS crisis. The cinema gay women were making was quite different at the time, and this film explores that. Really interesting documentary.”

“You Don’t Nomi”

  • Available on VOD starting Wednesday, June 9 (iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play & FandangoNOW)
Here’s an excerpt from Lael’s review:
“Most people have that reaction to ‘Showgirls,’ it’s sort of a horrifying joke that you can’t look away from, and that’s really the premise of ‘You Don’t Nomi.’ It does a remarkable thing, which is it takes ‘Showgirls,’ which was a joke and became one of the biggest flops of all time...and it sort of reconsiders it. It says it may be, possibly, a misunderstood masterpiece, but it also may be a masterpiece because of its disaster status, in a way.”

Listen above to hear more in-depth reviews of these films and more:
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  • Tim Cogshell is also film critic for Alt-Film Guide and; he tweets @CinemaInMind
  • Lael Loewenstein is also film columnist for the Santa Monica Daily Press; she tweets @LAELLO


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