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The Beguiled Review

When I heard this film was being done, my first thought was, “A remake of the 70s Clint Eastwood flick? Why?” But fortunately it’s not a remake. Sophia Coppola has turned the previously digested source material into her own sensually atmospheric historical drama. Starring a very talented bunch, including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell, it’s a psychological tableaux set in the waning days of the Civil War at an isolated girls’ school in Virginia. When a wounded Union soldier (Farrell) is brought into their midst, their routine life is disrupted, they each begin to vie for his attention, and you just know it can’t end well.

The Keeping Room

I really wanted to like this movie. The script was on the Black List, you know the one for the best un-produced screenplays. It’s very small and very indie. And usually that works for me. It’s being touted as a brilliant genre twist because it is a Southern western, whatever that means, and because its protagonists are women who kick ass. But it is just so slow and so predictable that I could barely make my way to the end.