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Jane Goodall doc postponed at Magic Lantern

One change to Friday's schedule already: "Jane," the documentary about the esteemed naturalist Jane Goodall, has been postponed. Instead of opening Friday at the Magic Lantern, the film has been pushed back to Friday, Nov. 24th.

That's the bad news. The good news is that the Lantern is still expected to open "The Florida Project" as previously announced. Here are some critical comments about Sean Baker's new film, which is receiving a 94 percent approval rating on rottentomatoes.com:

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: "You feel as if you've slipped inside of Moonee's enchanted world, while at the same time seeing the harsh reality of Halley's. That contrast is devastating, right up to a final sequence that's sure to break your heart in two."

Eric Kohn, IndieWire: "The Florida Project further cements Baker's status as one of the most innovative American directors working today, but he's also an essential advocate for the stories this country often doesn't get to see."

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times: "All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in 'The Florida Project,' Sean Baker's raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie."

Expect to see Baker's film on any number of Top 10 films for 2017.

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