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Sunshine Cleaning

New Zealand-born director Christine Jeffs and screenwriter Megan Holley develop a visual portrayal of ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances breaking out of social norms for a better life. The 30-something Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) cleans houses for a living but the money is not enough to support her loving but dysfunctional family: eight-year-old-son Oscar (Jason Spevack), irresponsible sister Norah (Emily Blunt) and unemployed father Joe (Alan Arkin). At a young age Rose was the small-town hopeful for success, but through a rash of unwise decisions she could never rise above her mistakes, which left her destitute. The local police department hires her to clean up after a crime scene; the dividends are astronomical. Rose suddenly has a new lease on life and realizes that biohazard removal and crime-scene clean-up is a lucrative business, and Rose asks Norah to join as partner in this endeavour. Noah, recognizing Rose’s professional take on the job, sees the potential and accepts the position. Together they create a very successful company but are naïve about the technical aspects of a secure investment, e.g., insurance. The amazing performances reflect the reality of an American dream and the effect of financial and personal risk-taking on individual growth. (Karen Pecota)

Second Opinion

Christine Jeff’s new movie starts literally with a bang, and the consequences of that bang help Rose (Amy Adams) re-think and re-organize her life. She is heading nowhere as a poorly-paid hotel cleaner and an unmarried mother with a problem son and a lover who is married to someone else. As a result of the bang and at the suggestion of her lover, Rose starts an unusual but highly profitable cleaning-up-crime-scenes company. Wouldn’t you know it? Just when things are looking up for Rose, her misfit sister causes everything to fall apart. Do not worry. That optimistic attitude to life which Americans have in abundance means that Rose’s future starts to look promising again. This movie takes place in Albuquerque where the squalid happenings in Rose’s life are at odds with the backdrop of wonderful mountain scenery. (Jenny Mather)


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Baby Driver (2017)

Beuys (2017)

Black Panther (2018)

Chavela (2017)

Coco - Lebendiger als das Leben (Coco) (2017)

Der Seidene Faden (Phantom Thread) (2017)

Die andere Seite der Hoffnung (The Other Side of Hope, Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017)

Die Reise Der Pinguine 2 (March of the Penguins, L'empereur) (2017)

Die Unsichtbaren – Wir Wollen Leben (The Invisibles) (2017)

Die Verlegerin (The Post) (2017)

Discreet (2017)

Genauso anders wie ich (Same Kind of Different as Me) (2017)

Gregs Tagebuch – Böse Falle! (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The long Haul) (2017)

Immer noch eine unbequeme Wahrheit: Unsere Zeit läuft (An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power) (2017)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Max - Agent auf vier Pfoten (Max 2 - White House Hero) (2017)

Maze Runner: Die Auswerwählten in der Todeszone (Maze Runner: The Death Cure) (2018)

Paddington 2 (2017)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazars Rache (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) (2017)

Playing God (2018)

Shape of Water - Das Flüstern des Wassers (The Shape of Water) (2017)

The Big Sick (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Tiger Girl (2017)

Tulpenfieber (Tulip Fever) (2017)

What Happened to Monday? (Seven Sisters) (2017)

Wind River (2017)

Wunder (Wonder) (2017)

Battle of the Sexes - Gegen jede Regel (Battle of the Sexes) (2017)

Black Panther (2018)

Die Dunkelste Stunde (Darkest Hour) (2017)

Die Schlümpfe - Das verlorenen Dorf (The Smurfs - The Lost Village) (2017)

Es (It) (2017)

Greatest Showman (The Greatest Showman) (2017)

Life, Animated (2017)

Logan Lucky (2017)

Loving Vincent (2017)

Planet der Affen: Survival (War for the Planet of the Apes) (2017)

Schloss aus Glas (The Glass Castle) (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Star Wars: Die letzten Jedi (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) (2017)

The Commuter (2018)

The Limehouse Golem - Das Monster von Londen (The Limehouse Golem) (2017)

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Wonder Woman (2017)

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