‘Disobedience’ trailer puts Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz in forbidden love affair

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first official trailer for “Disobedience” showcases a passionate but forbidden love affair between two women.

The film follows Orthodox Jewish woman, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) as she returns home to her deeply religious community after her father’s death. Upon her return she finds herself attracted to her cousin’s wife Esti (Rachel McAdams). Ronit and Esti begin a secret affair while Esti’s husband Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) becomes suspicious of Ronit’s intentions.

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Screened Out – Dr. Strange

By : Stephen Miller
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen

Movies area visual medium, and few movies take full, beautiful advantage of that like Dr. Strange. It’s a spacy, hallucinogenic head-trip worthy of repeated viewing just to take it all in. This new Marvel comic movie also boasts some great actors truly committing to their characters.

However, what it lacks – and it seems a shame to complain about this in a comic book movie – is real emotional punch. When an arrogant man loses his career and, quite possibly, the love of his life, we should feel more. We should feel his devastation. Though this man searches for redemption in the spiritual arts, Dr. Strange doesn’t really have a lot of spirit.

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Screened Out – Spotlight

By : Stephen Miller
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Micheal Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, John Slatterly, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup

Here is one of the absolute best films of the year. Spotlight is an honest movie about unlikely, humble, hardworking heroes – daily newspaper employees – doing their job and trying to change the world.

Every person passionately working in a public career hopes to have some lingering effect on the world. Committed actors wish to illuminate the human condition. Politicians start out wanting to make policy that helps people. Good priests and ministers hope to provide spiritual guidance that changes souls and transforms communities. Talented journalists write stories to expose the truth.

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Screened Out – Southpaw

By : Stephen Miller
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, 50 Cent, Miguel Gomez, Oona Laurence

Once again, Jake Gyllenhaal transforms both physically and mentally – this time as a championship boxer. Director Antione Fuqua (Training Day) finds many fascinating shots both in and out of the ring. Yet, Southpaw doesn’t really bring any new moves to the canvas. Remove the swear words and rap music, and this film could’ve been shot in 1945, 1965 – any time really.

We tend to like stories with traditional arcs; it’s especially comforting to know the outcome when the blood is flying and people are taking a constant pounding. Yet, there are definitely some new punches Southpaw could’ve thrown into the mix.

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