New reviews of “Patriots Day” and “20th Century Women” on Movies and Shakers



Is it too soon for the movie Patriots Day? The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing is still a fresh wound, but Writer Director Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon) and Boston native, Producer/Star, Mark Wahlberg forged ahead because the wanted to honor Boston. What they’ve created is an effective re-creation of a black day in our memory. But they’ve also crafted a gripping crime-drama showing how heroes don’t always wear uniforms.


This film brings back memories of an era of changing lifestyles and attitudes circa 1979. It explores the changes in women’s roles and their self identity in terms of feminism which took off in the 70’s. The plot bounces from one situation or relationship to another, freestyle. Writer/Director Mike Mills (Beginners) says this is semi-autobiographical about he and his Mom. But he made this Annette Bening’s movie all the way.

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