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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: 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 #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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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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Film Review: Jurassic World (★★)

Well let’s start with the obvious.  If you never saw “Jurassic Park” or “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III” is your...

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Film Review #2: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (★★★½)

The “Sundance” vibe is a risky one for a film with potential Oscar hopes to give off. Sometimes, it can be a charming thing that buoys a movie and separates...

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Film Review #2: Spy (★★★)

“Spy,” the latest comedic collaboration between director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy, is not just funny – it’s funny as hell. In her first breakthrough...

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Film Review: Spy (★★★)

I’m not sure that Paul Feig gets the respect that he deserves as a filmmaker. He’s already made two huge hits, and now Spy has the possibility of being the...

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Film Review: Entourage (★★★)

While you won’t miss anything by having never seen an episode of the show, Entourage as a film is manufactured strictly as fan service. What I mean by that is,...

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Film Review: Love and Mercy (★★★)

Finally! After what seems like a lifetime, John Cusack finally has a meaty role to play again. In addition, Paul Dano gets one of his best roles to date, which makes the...

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Film Review: San Andreas (★★)

What a difference a little bit of extra thought can make for a review. I had originally opted to give San Andreas an extra half star (for a mixed two and a half star...

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Film Review: Results (★★★)

What an enjoyably odd duck this little film is. Results is an indie comedy with tinges of romance that never takes itself too seriously, but never comes off as silly...

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Film Review: Heaven Knows What (★★★½)

It’s an understatement to say there’s a compelling backstory that really enhances an already tremendous film in Heaven Knows What. This cinematic gem looks at...

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Film Review: The Connection (★★½)

There’s an inherent fascination watching how a different country presents a series of events, righting the wrongs or emphasizing a particular level of victimhood....

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Film Review #2: Tomorrowland (★★★)

Director Brad Bird has the power to entertain me, even with movies I can’t say I love (I’m the rare person who didn’t salivate over Ratatouille). His...

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The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (½ Star)

It somehow got worse. A franchise that began as a mediocre horror title given undeserved controversy in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) has progressed to a carnival...

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Film Review: Love at First Fight (★★★)

As we all know, the commercial success of a film can largely be attributed to its marketing. Distributors can attest that even the re-titling of foreign language films...

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Film Review: Tomorrowland (★★)

There are several instances when Brad Bird‘s latest film “Tomorrowland” comes off the hinges like a door desperately trying to say attached to a house...

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Film Review: Roar (★★)

It’s always great watching the fruits of a prolonged labor of love (see Mad Max: Fury Road for another example…or just to see it), as you wonder what...

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Film Review: Every Secret Thing (★★)

What a waste of talent. Despite a wealth of top notch individuals both in front of and behind the camera, Every Secret Thing is as uninspiring and anonymous as it gets....