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Oscars Month: Captain Fantastic (2016) Review

There is a very clear question at the center of Captain Fantastic that never really gets a straight answer – and the film is better because of this.  526 more words


REVIEW: “Captain Fantastic” - Viggo Mortensen Shines In This Thought-provoking Story of Fatherhood

I am not going to beat around the bush. The bottom line is this: Captain Fantastic is a bloody fantastic film. There have been many films about the parent-child relationship over the years, but not many of them have managed to be quite so heartfelt, funny, painfully realistic and thought-provoking as this one that’s helmed by director Matt Ross and led by veteran actor Viggo Mortensen. 473 more words

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Captain Fantastic

Nominated for Best Actor (Viggo Mortensen) at the 89th Annual Academy Awards

“Captain Fantastic” is infectious. It reminded me of the “Wilderness Family” movies I attended as a boy. 314 more words


Captain Fantastic


Review: In the Pacific Northwest of the forests, a devoted father raises his six kids. He gives them a rigorous physical and intellectual education but is forced in the end to leave his paradise and enter the real world. 227 more words



You can’t go wrong with solidarity on a day like today.

And when there isn’t as much of it about as we could do with, it can be necessary to timetravel. 174 more words


Captain Fantastic

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There’s only so far that whimsy and sentiment can take an audience and “Captain Fantastic” is an exercise in trying to find that boundary. 370 more words

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Captain Fantastic: The Rise of Partisanship

Rating: 3/4

Captain Fantastic was released in July. Few knew it then, or appreciated it, but it was highly prescient.

Ben (Viggo Mortensen) is raising his children in the woods amid the death of his wife. 621 more words

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