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Film Review - Thelma (2024)


As a 94-year-old actress, June Squibb has been working for decades, but she’s only really enjoyed a breakthrough in her career over the last ten years, caught stealing scenes in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.” Typically the bright spot of any movie she appears in, Squibb finally receives her own starring vehicle in “Thelma,” which is similar in story to last winter’s “The Beekeeper,” finding a fresher way to detail a revenge tale, getting there through outstanding writing and directing from Josh Margolin, who makes his debut with the endeavor. The helmer doesn’t go the action way with the picture, preferring to sink into character and some levels of comedic chaos, and Squibb doesn’t miss a step in the lead role, clearly having a ball portraying a driven grandmother looking to reclaim money stolen from her by scammers. “Thelma” is fresh, heartening, and hilarious, with Margolin skillfully making a feature that’s wildly entertaining but also softer when necessary, offering a touch of reality to go with all the craziness. Read the rest at


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