Pamela Powell reviews “Hell or High Water” and “Florence Foster Jenkins”

“FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS”

Meryl Streep has found yet another glorious starring role in the film “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the true story of a New York City heiress who uses her position (and money) in the ’40s to perform opera — despite the fact that she possesses no singing talent. Co-starring Hugh Grant as her manager and “husband” and Simon Helberg as the innocently confused pianist, the film delves harmoniously into this previously unknown story. Written by Nicholas Martin and directed by Stephen Frears (“Philomena”), the pair bring us a good old-fashioned tale that will make you laugh and cry, as well as learn a little about true philanthropy.

“HELL OR HIGH WATER”

Jeff Bridges finds a genuine comfort zone as Marcus Hamilton, a soon-to-be retired police officer/Texas Ranger in the dry, desolate podunk towns in this modern day Western that isn’t just a crime thriller, it’s a social commentary.  “Hell or High Water” finds two brothers, Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby (Chris Pine) who team up to rob a few banks in order to save a family farm. The two stay two steps ahead of Hamilton and his side kick, Alberto Parker(Gil Birmingham) and the man hunt intensifies as the motivational and psychological puzzle reveals itself.

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