Between the Lines of Daily Living, Connecting the Dots That Matter
Low-key and lovely, the independent movie “Cold Weather” opens with a shot of raindrops clinging to a pane of glass, a fitting introduction for a movie about characters who are revealed gradually, as if through a glass — not darkly, but obliquely.
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‘The Illusionist,’ 4.5 stars
Sylvain Chomet’s film, about a magician (voice of Jean-Claude Donda) who faces the gradual erosion of his audience, and later of his one true fan, is a beautiful delight. Based on an unproduced script by French film legend Jacques Tati, with its defiantly 2-D animation, ”The Illusionist” is both homage to Tati and a throwback, in the best possible way. (PG – 80 minutes)
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