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MEGAN LEAVEY

MEGAN LEAVEY

GABRIELA COWPERTHWAITE · USA · 2017 · 117 mins · PG
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Confession: I'm a dog lover. So Megan Leavey had me at first bark. Based on a true story, this war drama deftly sidesteps sentimental quicksand. Oh, you'll cry all right. But the movie earns your tears. Kate Mara is raw and riveting in the title role, a marine who ends up in combat in Iraq with Rex, a bomb-sniffing German shepherd in the Military Police K9 unit. They're a perfect match. 

Much of the film's effectiveness is due to the vigor and vigilance of director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), who brings the keen eye of a documentarian to her debut in features.

But the core of this love story is Megan’s bond with Rex, played by a scene-stealing German shepherd named Varco.

Mara is funny, fierce and altogether wonderful, even up against an irresistible costar. And Cowperthwaite joins Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled) as the third recent woman director who shows the old boys club a real definition of craft. We hope it's a trend. --Rolling Stone
Not only is it a compelling metaphor for a woman finding independence and empowerment, it dramatizes a primal emotional relationship that proves heartbreaking and triumphant. Boston Globe
It's a movie about a woman and her dog, about the love - yes, love; not just a bond, but real, actual, soul-nurturing, life-expanding love - that can happen between a human being and an animal. San Francisco Chronicle
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