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Film Review: ‘My Father Die’ Sacrifices Taste For Style

Sean Brosnan’s merciless “My Father Die” plunges audiences into the deepest, darkest denizens of Southern swamp life. Following a visually enthralling prologue wherein childhood tragedy is witnessed via black-and-white filtering, the film devolves into gruesome revenge porn. Back in the spring of last year, SXSW attendees reported their wild enthusiasm following Brosnan’s debut. However, once the […]

Film Review: ‘The Bye Bye Man’ Is Conceptually Stellar but Murders Its Execution

Stacy Title‘s mentally terrorizing “The Bye Bye Man” is a spiritual sibling to films as recent as “It Follows” and as classic as “Nightmare on Elm Street.” This modern update of the “Boogeyman” archetype distorts audience perception on what is real and what is demonically manipulated. There’s some clever plot twists and innovative effects to […]

Film Review: ‘Monster Trucks’ Is a Gentler Creature Than It Appears

Chris Wedge‘s “Monster Trucks” roars into 2017 with adventurous spirit and familial warmth. Delayed for nearly two years, this power socket of a movie is uncannily timely. Watching two millennials save their “Middle America” small North Dakotan town from a greedy oil drilling company is entertainment worth applauding. The script by Derek Connolly (co-writer of “Jurassic World”) is […]

Film Review: ‘Patriots Day’ Is a Poignant and Affecting Portrait of a National Tragedy

Peter Berg knows the power of suspense, but even more than that, he knows the virtue of the human spirit, as is demonstrated by his work in “Patriots Day.” In a year that has already included an exhilarating demonstration with “Deepwater Horizon,” Berg has found his niche and comfort zone within filmmaking. Compelling and sobering, […]

Film Review: ‘Live By Night’ Has Luscious Looks That Can’t Save Its Numbing Plot

With an impressive trio of films that any working director would be lucky to have on their résumé, Ben Affleck has proven to be a powerful force in Hollywood. Winning an Original Screenplay Oscar for 1997’s masterpiece “Good Will Hunting” with pal Matt Damon, he returned to the ceremony in 2012 for his Best Picture-winning […]

Film Review: ‘Passengers’ Brings Romance to Deep Space Travel

Getting lost in space has long been a staple of science fiction cinema. Whether alone or with a crew/family/stranger, the coldness of deep space is inherently thrilling. Now, when you factor in an unexpected romance, that gives something like “Passengers” a unique spin. Mixed with a “Cast Away” in a luxury hotel type setting, there’s […]

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Film Review: Claude Barras’ Tender ‘My Life as a Zucchini’ Brings Social Realism to Animation

With a title like “My Life as a Zucchini,” you’d be forgiven for thinking that Claude Barras‘ new animated film would be a happy-go-lucky story with talking vegetables. But you would be sadly mistaken. Barras takes animation down rarely trod paths with this heartrending film centered around children dealing with issues surrounding death, depression and […]

Film Review: Pablo Larraín’s ‘Neruda’ Takes the Biopic Genre to Bizarre Yet Astounding Heights

Pablo Larraín’s fascinatingly absurd “Neruda” completes his trifecta of films released in 2016. Following the provocative “The Club” and the masterful “Jackie,” Larraín caps the year with a biopic that is as ostentatious as its poet of interest. Larraín’s direction is aesthetically manic yet there’s undeniable intention behind every colorful stroke. Screenwriter Guillermo Calderón isn’t so […]

Film Review: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Is an Arresting New Chapter for Fans and Newcomers to Relish

The “Star Wars” universe is a world of endless possibilities about what stories you can explore, with an unprecedented amount of quality thematic elements that can be examined. With “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Lucas Films and Walt Disney Pictures have started the analyzing elements of looking at different ways to tell the stories […]

Film Review: ‘Hidden Figures’ Is Pure Goodness Featuring a Stellar Cast

There’s much to admire in Theodore Melfi‘s newest uplifting venture “Hidden Figures.” His ability to tap into the human condition and spirit has been proven with efforts like “St. Vincent.” Boasting an all-star cast that includes the talents of Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae and Octavia Spencer, the 20th Century Fox feature emerges as one of […]