Saturday, October 21, 2017     Volume: 31, Issue: 46
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Do you think the Carrizo Plain should stay a national monument?

Absolutely. The Carrizo is one of the last undeveloped areas of the San Joaquin Valley, a protected habitat for endangered species, and a natural wonder for the public.
Yes, but I don't think it's as clear cut as some think. The Trump Administration should take a look at its status.
The feds should consider reducing the size of the monument.
No. The Carrizo should be privatized. Allow the market to tap into its natural resources.

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This weeks review
A QUIET PASSION
ALIEN: COVENANT
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CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE
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IT COMES AT NIGHT
MEGAN LEAVEY
MY COUSIN RACHEL
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THE CIRCLE
THE LOVERS
THE MUMMY

THE LOVERS

PHOTO BY A24 FILMS

THE LOVERS


Where is it playing?: The Palm

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $ Rental

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

The Lovers is a movie with a cringe-worthy plot and an even more cringe-worthy title, but don’t judge it by those things alone—it’s filled with enough self-awareness and perfectly delivered dry humor to actually make its unlikable characters and chaotic story fairly enjoyable to watch.

Michael (Tracy Letts) and Mary (Debra Winger) are an old married couple who have clearly lost their spark. Michael is having an affair with a woman named Lucy (Melora Walters) while Mary is having an affair with a man named Robert (Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen). Both are planning on leaving their spouse for their new partner, and neither knows that the other is also cheating. Yet somehow, out of nowhere, before the truth is revealed, Michael and Mary’s old spark suddenly returns, complicating their plans.

The overarching events of this movie often make little sense and end with pretty much nothing being resolved, but it really shines in its small moments. Michael in particular has a lot of laugh-inducing dialogue, especially when he’s trying to be a convincing liar. My personal favorite is when Lucy confronts him, asking if he’s been sleeping with Mary again, and he immaturely replies, “Ew! As if!”

Despite the complete absurdity of their situation, there is something about the characters that makes them feel like real people. This becomes more obvious when Michael and Mary’s son, Joel (Tyler Ross), comes to visit them with his girlfriend, Erin (Jessica Sula). Joel and Erin are voices of reason in a sense, being the only two seemingly non-dysfunctional characters in the entire movie, and their arrival brings an entirely new, somewhat refreshing layer to all the drama.

If you’re looking for a movie with a fantastic story and a happy—or at least straightforward and satisfying—ending, then The Lovers is definitely not the movie you’re looking for. However, if you just want something to laugh at, or something with absolutely spot-on acting, you might want to consider giving this one a chance. (94 min.)

—Katrina Borges