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PAFF: ‘Where Children Play’ is a well-acted, conventional melodrama

After blazing the screen in Dear White People and Chi-Raq, Teyonah Parris adds another compelling performance to her growing resume through Where Children Play. In this...

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PAFF: Mike Colter takes charge in slight fest opener ‘America is Still The Place’

In a recent Hollywood Reporter discussion on diversity in film, an important point was brought up about narratives featuring minority protagonists. Namely, the fact that...

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Film Review: Day One (★★★½)

One of the most overlooked categories at the Oscars is Best Live Action Short. However, year after year some true gems emerge. One such gem in this year’s selection is...

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Film Review: Hail, Caesar (★★★)

Being Awards Circuit’s resident “historical expert” — unlike fellow writer, Mark Johnson, I didn’t live the history I’m watching...

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Film Review: Tumbledown (★★★)

There’s a very specific vibe that runs throughout Tumbledown, a melancholic romantic dramedy of sorts that sports a memorably unobtrusive soundtrack and a winning...

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Film Review: The Finest Hours (★★)

“The Finest Hours” is a true story about the largest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history when an oil tanker split in two during a blizzard off the shores...

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Film Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (★★)

With a Presidential election less than a year away, there’s never been a political climate as charged and ready to latch onto (or destroy) a story about Benghazi,...

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Film Review: Anesthesia (★★★)

I’m not spilling any industry secrets when I say that it’s not easy to nail interconnected ensemble dramas. More often than not, they stumble and fall into...

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Film Review: The Brand New Testament (★★★)

“What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make His way home?” The above lyrics are of course taken from...

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Film Review #2: Joy (★★½)

As someone who’s analyzed director David O. Russell’s use of women, I was incredibly skeptical about his latest film, Joy, being anywhere near amazing....

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Film Review: Where to Invade Next (★★★½)

To some degree, you have to know what you’re going to get when you sit down to watch a documentary from Michael Moore. In the case of his latest endeavor, Where to...

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Film Review: Mustang (★★★)

Growing up can be tough. For Lale and her four older sisters, the central characters of Mustang, it is practically dehumanizing. In this winning debut feature from...

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Film Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (★★★½)

There has been an awakening…and it is good.  In 1977, George Lucas gave birth to “Star Wars: A New Hope.”  A monumental achievement that has bled...

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Film Review: The Club (★★★)

All sins are not equal. All sinners are not created equal. Pablo Larraín serves up a stark reminder of these truths with The Club, a scathing statement on abuse and its...

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Film Review: The Fencer (★★½)

Around this time of year, it’s common to see dramas centered around inspiring men, especially those based on real life. Indeed, the proliferation of biopics in...

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Film Review #2: The Big Short (★★★)

In some ways, I truly think that only a filmmaker with a background in comedy could have made The Big Short work like it does. Co-writer/director Adam McKay takes a...

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Film Review: Goat (★★½)

In contemporary slang, the acronym GOAT is commonly used to refer to “Greatest Of All Time”. That word takes on ironic meaning in the English translation of...

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Film Review: Joy (★★)

David O. Russell seems to have made a self-indulgent attempt to return to his quirky filmmaking style which garnered him a legion of lovers following “I Heart...

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Film Review: Youth (★★★½)

What an often breathtaking film this is. Youth embraces you in a warm, mysterious hug, and never lets go. With tremendous acting, gorgeous visuals, and a hypnotic...

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Film Review: The Revenant (★★★½)

Like a one-man solo act such as “All is Lost” and “Gravity,” Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s newest and most ambitious work “The...

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Film Review: The Big Short (★½)

Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” opens with a narration from Ryan Gosling, already in a similar aesthetic to that of Martin Scorsese’s “The...

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Film Review: Félix and Meira (★★★)

There’s no doubt that romance has been a major attraction in 2015 cinema, with love stories ranging from Fifty Shades of Grey and Carol capturing the hearts of...

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Film Review: Chi-Raq (★★½)

Filmmaker Spike Lee is always at his most interesting when he’s dealing with anger in some way. That doesn’t necessarily always mean that it’s going to...

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Film Review: 45 Years (★★★½)

Subtle and quietly moving, Andrew Haigh‘s fragrantly appealing “45 Years” showcases enriching performances from the darling Charlotte Rampling and the...

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Film Review: Iraqi Odyssey (★★★)

It’s no secret that Iraq is a country without much of a positive reputation at the moment. This fact is certainly not lost on the subjects of Iraqi Odyssey,...