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Film Review: ‘XOXO’ is an unoriginal story about EDM culture

The streaming service’s latest original film, “XOXO” (no connection to the Portland festival of the same name) revolves around the titular electronic and dance music festival and how the lives of six attending strangers intersect during a feverishly blissful, romantic night. If Hollywood has learned any lessons about making films about DJ’s after last year’s […]

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Film Review: ‘In Order of Disappearance’ is a ruthlessly entertaining genre flick

At the beginning of Hans Petter Moland’s In Order of Disappearance, our protagonist Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård) is seen accepting the “Citizen of the Year” award in his Norwegian mountain community. A snowplow driver by profession, he maintains a simple, diligent lifestyle with his wife and son. But the honor bestowed upon him soon becomes […]

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Film Review: ‘Floyd Norman: An Animated Life’ pleasantly celebrates a Disney legend

Talk to any aficionado of animated films today and the names Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton and John Lasseter should be very familiar. As animators and filmmakers emerging from the powerful Disney/Pixar juggernaut, they have used their talents to build illustrious careers in the world of film. These titans of animation however, owe much of their […]

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Film Review: ‘Sausage Party’ Brings Raunchy Laughs and an Oscar Worthy Song

Animation has never been such a fantastic blend of fun and dirty as seen in “Sausage Party” from Sony Pictures.  Created as the movie your perverted older brother made in high school but you can’t help but love him for it, the definitely offensive but enthusiastically rapturous romp is the surprise hit of the summer. Directors […]

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Film Review: ‘The Little Prince’ Manages Rich Entertainment

  What happens when a beloved fairy tale grows up? This is one of the ideas that Netflix’s latest film “The Little Prince,” based on the famous book “Le Petit Prince” by the French writer/poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, tries to illustrate, taking the familiar story to new grounds. Whether young or old, it’s hard not […]

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Film Review: ‘Tallulah’ Is a Refreshing Piece with Ellen Page

  The directorial debut film from “Orange is the New Black” writer Sian Heder is much like her other Netflix project – it’s able to find the humor in the despair and the empathy in the anguish. “Tallulah”, a tale about the struggles of motherhood, is a funny and heartfelt film with three beautifully complex […]

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Film Review: ‘Jason Bourne’ begins to show diminishing returns

I completely understand why the Bourne franchise needs star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass. Anyone who saw The Bourne Legacy clearly noticed what was lacking. At the same time though, I’m not sure why Damon and Greengrass need this franchise anymore. Jason Bourne is a serviceable enough action film for the most part, but it’s […]

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Film Review: ‘Summertime’ gently depicts the bliss and struggle of forbidden love

As we know from real life and as emphasized in films, love can sometimes be irrational and inexplicable. Indeed, the most passionate romances are often the most taboo, as evident in the popularity of the classic Romeo and Juliet story template. Such a forbidden romance takes center stage in the tender new film Summertime from […]

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Film Review: Secrets and lies abound in harrowing post-war drama ‘The Innocents’

Opening with peaceful, serene images set within a convent, director Anne Fontaine quickly establishes the illusion that will soon be broken in her new film The Innocents. A group of nuns sing in unison, before being interrupted by a harrowing scream. This cry in the dark later becomes a recurring motif, as the sobering drama […]

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Film Review: Misanthropy and a “Wiener-Dog” make unexpected pair

Before the screening of Todd Solondz’s latest film, “Wiener-Dog,” the filmmaker classified the film as a “comedy about despair.” No one could have summed up the film in such an apt manner. Who would’ve thought to pair an adorable dog with a series of misanthropes on their worst days? On many occasions it works, although […]