Category: Film Reviews

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Film Review: Boulevard (★★★)

As much as we all know that Robin Williams is an all time great comedian, I’ve always been more affected by his dramatic work. He’s been nominated (and...

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Film Review: Stray Dog (★★★)

After the fairly substantial and at least partially unexpected success of Winter’s Bone a few years ago (including a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards), I...

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Film Review: Frank & Cindy (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: I’m never one to mind a self-indulgent film. A personal touch usually resonates with me more than something written as an assignment....

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Film Review: The Confines (★★½)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: It takes a lot for a horror film to win me over unless it’s infused with a satirical streak of comedy. Great stories are hard to find, and...

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Film Review: People Places Things (★★★)

LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL: People Places Things isn’t really about people, places or things. That’s a grand statement. It’s much more specific. It’s about the...

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Film Review: Terminator Genysis (★★)

In some ways, Terminator Genysis is the counterpoint to the recently released Jurassic World. Both traffic in nostalgia but while the latter stuck to almost all of the...

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Film Review: Magic Mike XXL (★★★½)

Just like Magic Mike turned out to be a surprisingly deep and satisfying film about the quest for the American Dream through the art of male stripping, Magic Mike XXL...

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Film Review: 7 Minutes (★★)

Sometimes you come across a movie that you don’t really care for but you realize might very well be the start of a filmmaker’s strong career. That’s...

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Film Review #3: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (★★★½)

I had my reservations before watching director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s adaptation of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. No, not because I’ve read the novel (a...

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Film Review: The Little Death (★★½)

The sex comedy is a genre that can offer you up any number of different types of films. There are classics as well as cringe worthy misfires, though most fall somewhere...

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Film Review: Ted 2 (★★★)

I think we can all agree that the humor of Seth MacFarlane is not for everyone. Depending on who you are, his jokes on television and in movies can range from hilarious...

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Film Review: Glass Chin (★★★)

Telling a story about a boxer often is an avenue for doing something far more than the simple garden variety sports film. In the case of Glass Chin, it’s a...

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Film Review #3: Inside Out (★★★½)

Pixar’s look inside the human mind is one of the studios most original and complex ideas, filled with bright colors and candy for the kids

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AFI Docs Film Review: Listen to Me Marlon (★★½)

Marlon Brando is best remembered in the roles he made iconic, which Stevan Riley's documentary, using never before heard recordings, struggles to live up to

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Film Review #2: Inside Out (★★½)

Remember when you hated being the first to finish your test during class? You thought you easily had all the answers wrong – why else would YOU be the first done?...

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Film Review: Felt (★★)

Film Review: For better or worse, the psychological thriller/über-feminist film “Felt” is undeniably unforgettable. The collaborative effort between...

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LAFF Film Review: Missing People (★★★)

At what point during filming a documentary does it become unhealthy to dig up the past? Are shocking revelations really as therapeutic a discovery as promised, or are...

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LAFF Review: Sin Alas (★★)

Sin Alas is a confounding film. On the one hand it’s a wonderful look into a culture that we don’t particularly see, at times searingly acted, and an admirable...

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LAFF Film Review: The Girl in the Book (★★★½)

While the premise of The Girl in the Book reads like an abandoned Lifetime movie script collecting dust in the writers room, the resulting film that director Marya Cohn...

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Film Review: Inside Out (★★★½)

The buzz has been huge for Pixar’s latest venture about the mind of a little girl and the emotions that live within her.  Writer/directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo...

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LAFF Film Review: It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (★★★)

Charisma is an interesting power that actors have at their disposal. When used properly, an actor with charisma can render you completely unable to look away from the...

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Film Review: Manglehorn (★★★)

Even more so than with last year’s Joe, filmmaker David Gordon Green is going back to his roots in Manglehorn, what might be his most tender movie to date. A...

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LAFF Review: Dude Bro Party Massacre III (★★★)

Although nobody asked for it, this icky, sticky, gross and stupidly entertaining slice of 80’s nostalgia might be one of the most biting indictments of...

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LAFF Review: Ayanda and the Mechanic (★★½)

Both deeply romantic and deeply frustrating, Sara Blecher’s Ayanda and the Mechanic is an invaluable portrait of the little-televised South African working class....

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LAFF Film Review: How He Fell in Love (★★★)

One of the toughest things about movies that deal with affairs is not the likability of the characters, but in how we as an audience feel about the choices the...