Excerpt: They should show this movie in schools, not only to help boys and girls relate to one another but also to make them all appreciate their mothers, who know a lot about the world even if they’ll never truly know their children.
Excerpt: There have been incalculable films about young men coming of age, many of them feature father-and-son dynamics that seem strained, but otherwise redeemable. “20th Century Women” upends that traditional narrative structure by putting the strain into the maternal side of the equation.
Excerpt: I feel like the film is as poignant, personal, and intimate as Beginners before it, but the scope makes it difficult to accept it after only one viewing. It’s a dense exercise of emotions, catharsis, and perception that surely will become richer, more vibrant, and essential with subsequent viewings.
Excerpt: Writer/director Mike Mills captures all the angst of an era, distilling it down to a personal level to allow it to shine most clearly, and, in a way, providing us a light to get through our own troubled waters. It’s a movie about sea changes and big ideas, presented on a micro level for better clarity.
Excerpt: A wonderful character-driven offering with first-rate acting by a very strong cast. Annette Bening brings her “A game” to the lead role, and she’s ably supported by Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, and Billy Crudup. Written and directed by Mike Mills, this motion picture demonstrates how skillful writing and outstanding performances can transform a simple bittersweet story into something very special indeed