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Lost in memories

Movie | Psychological thriller Elizabeth Is Missing intertwines mystery with the ravaging effects of dementia
by Ivan Mesa
Posted 2/25/21, 12:49 pm

In PBS’ Elizabeth Is Missing, Maud Horsham (Glenda Jackson) is a dementia-­ridden woman who litters her home with reminders to lock her door, visit a friend, and make coffee. When her friend Elizabeth fails to show for a rendezvous, no one else seems to care. But Maud investigates the disappearance and, in the process, the unsolved disappearance of Maud’s sister from 70 years prior. 

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A cynic and a superhero

Movie | Flora & Ulysses is a fun film for kids with true lessons about marriage
by Megan Basham
Posted 2/25/21, 12:46 pm

Perhaps the most common setup in children’s movies is for a young protagonist with true-blue belief in magical possibilities eventually to win over cynical adults. Flora (Matilda Lawler), one of the title characters in the latest Disney+ original movie Flora & Ulysses is different. She begins as a cynic.

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Sorrow on the mountains

Movie | Land shows a grieving widow searching for purpose in the wilderness
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 2/25/21, 12:30 pm

In Land, director Robin Wright stars as Edee, a lawyer whose city life is upended when a gunman kills her young son and husband. To flee painful memories and people who can’t grasp the depth of her grief, Edee sells everything, loads up a trailer, and purchases a remote, ramshackle mountain cabin. 

Rid of cell phone, car, electricity, and plumbing and alone with the rushing rivers and mountain vistas, Edee thinks her suffering might ease. But she has inadequately prepared for a harsh Rocky Mountains winter.

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