Films

Saving Mr. Banks

By Elisabeth LaMotte / April 27, 2014

125 minutes, Directed by John Lee Hancock, 2013 When I sat down last night to watch Saving Mr. Banks with my family, my expectations were modest at best.  I felt pleased to find a rare PG rating without the 13 attached, and viewed our selection as an appropriate, child-oriented, family compromise.  We have always appreciated…

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Hope Springs

By Elisabeth LaMotte / March 26, 2014

Cinematic portrayals of couples therapy are tough to acheive.  While television series such as In Treatment and The Sopranos have done a wonderful job of conveying what its like to experience individual psychotherapy, a realistic portrayal is much harder to achieve in a film. And even harder to achieve with respect to couples.  The groundbreaking film Hope Springs (available on DVD) achieves…

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Don Jon

By Elisabeth LaMotte / March 10, 2014

Written and Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 90 minutes, 2013 Internet porn has changed relationships and marriages in more ways than a couples therapist can count.  Questions on the pornography front are quite common.  Is it okay to watch together?  Is it okay to watch it alone?  If so, how much is too much?  These questions…

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Kramer vs. Kramer

By Elisabeth LaMotte / February 13, 2014

Directed by Robert Benton, 1979 Considering divorce?  When relationship dynamics hit an all-time low, and life stressors hit an all-time high, divorce can start to feel like a possible solution.  Granted, many, many divorces are necessary.  Many divorces, however, can be avoided.  For some couples contemplating a split, viewing the 1979 Academy Award winning divorce…

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Take This Waltz

By Elisabeth LaMotte / January 23, 2014

2011, 1 hour and 56 minutes Written and Directed by Sarah Polley When a marriage is going through challenging times, it is extremely common to become consumed with thoughts about how there must be something out there that is better.  Such thoughts can be especially powerful if there is someone else in the picture.  Whether…

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The Fitzgerald Family Christmas

By Elisabeth LaMotte / December 20, 2013

THE FITZGERALD FAMILY CHRISTMAS Edward Burns , 2012, 99 minutes  Navigating the holiday season with divorced parents is somewhat like walking a tightrope: at any moment one can plunge into dangerous territory, and it requires tremendous balance, skill and practice to avoid disaster.   People with divorced parents spend countless holidays practicing this precarious act.  Sadly,…

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PIECES OF APRIL

By Elisabeth LaMotte / November 26, 2013

Pieces of April (2003, Peter Hedges, 80 minutes) Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with many traditions — Grandma’s cranberry sauce, mom’s holiday decor and marathon football viewing fall into the category of expected traditions celebrated by the media and popular culture.  A lesser publicized truth is that, for many families, there is an unspoken tradition…

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Broken English

By Elisabeth LaMotte / November 1, 2013

(2007, Zoe Cassavetes,  93 minutes) When you are single, it can seem like absolutely everyone is in a relationship.  It can also seem like everyone expects you to find a relationship.  People can say and do the most hurtful and insensitive things to convey the message that you are somehow less than those who are…

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Enough Said

By Elisabeth LaMotte / October 14, 2013

(2013, Nicole Holofcener,  93 minutes) In his final film, James Gandolfini is extraordinary.   For years, Gandolfini mastered the portrayal of the ultimate bad-boy that women fell for against all better judgement.  In Enough Said, a new film by Nicole Holofcener, Gandolfini portrays Albert, a warm-hearted, middle-aged, television historian.  With his large and gentle heart, this anti-Tony Soprano embodies the ultimate…

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Sparrows Dance

By Elisabeth LaMotte / October 2, 2013

(2012, Noah Buschel, 81 minutes) This quiet, intimate love story offers a sensitive look into the rare but real mental illness, agoraphobia.   Filmed entirely in the apartment of an agoraphobic actress, Sparrows Dance paints a portrait of the contained and controlled life this illness demands. Agoraphobia is a form of panic disorder in which…

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